Bream fish in the oven with herbs & Lemon | A semi finalist photo in The Pink Lady Food Photography Competition 2016

Bream Fish or Tsipoura in Greek, is a medium-sized fish found in the Mediterranean waters and is widely known in Greece and Cyprus for it’s delicious taste. It’s a  well-known in all fish taverns throughout Cyprus and the Greek islands for its delicious taste cooked on charcoal grill with oil, lemon and parsley but it is also a fish that we use a lot in home-cooking with various ways.




The fish is very tasty and has no small bones. In Greece and Cyprus we buy fresh fish daily (instead of frozen) either from local fish markets or at the harbour the moment the fish boats arrive from their night fishing carrying the catch of the day.

Although today we are presenting a simple homemade fish recipe, in the near future – we will have a sneak into – our local harbours and we will show you the procedure of buying the fish the moment the boats arrive at the harbour with their nets full of fresh fish. Gild head bream has many Mediterranean names but in Greece or Cyprus you ask for Tsipoura. 







Serves: 2

Calories per fish: 388cl

Total time in the kitchen 90 minutes

Total cost: €35.00

**please note cost applies only for Cyprus

2 tsipoura fresh fish (gilt-head bream)

10-15 medium bay leaves

1 big red onion finely sliced and cut in half

one small “garni” of fresh oregano and rosemary

finely chopped parsley

one lemon cut in slices

3 garlic cloves

chunky sea salt

grounded black pepper (optional)

plenty of Kalamata pure olive oil

the lemon juice of one lemon

Preheat oven at 180 c.

Wash the fish and scrub them with lemon.

Place them in a tray and open the tummy of each fish and place the “garni” of fresh oregano and rosemary and three garlic cloves.

Place the fish in a baking sheet and place sliced onions under the fish.

Put salt and pepper on the fish and on top 2-3 slices of lemon and chopped parsley.

Pour lots of olive oil and close the baking sheet with an oven proof string.

Place the fish in the oven and cook for one hour.

Serve with green salad and/or steamed vegetables

Tips: Serve with cold white wine. Chardonnay or Sauvignon works miracles…!!