Whole plate-sized fish are easy to cook and look very impressive on the plate. Eat the flesh from one side of the fish, then carefully lift up the back bone, it should come away with the other bones attached so you can eat the other side.


  • 3 desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes

  • 2 lemons

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 x 400g Threadfin Bream, scaled, gilled and gutted

  • 2 teaspoons chopped oregano

  • 2 small red chillies, seeded and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup dry white wine


  • 1.

    Firstly, preheat the oven to 220°C. Then, drain potatoes on a clean tea towel to remove the excess moisture.

  • 2.

    Finely grate the zest of the lemons and cut the fruit into thin slices.

  • 3.

    Heat a heavy baking dish over a high heat, add half the oil, the potatoes and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes then stir and place in the oven and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden.

  • 4.

    Wipe the belly cavity of the fish thoroughly with a clean damp cloth to remove any trace of blood. Score both sides of the fish with 3 or 4 angled cuts through to the bone.

  • 5.

    Combine lemon zest, oregano, chilli, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, a good grind of pepper and half the remaining olive oil. Spoon this mixture into the slashes on both sides of each fish. Arrange lemon slices inside the belly cavities of both fish.

  • 6.

    Preheat another heavy baking dish over a medium heat, adding remaining olive oil. Place both fish in the pan and allow to cook for 2 minutes, then carefully turn fish over, splash on wine and place in the oven. Cook for 6-10 minutes, until flesh flakes easily when tested with a fork.

  • 7.

    Place fish on plates, with potatoes on the side, and pour cooking juices over the top.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 3255kj
  • Fat Total 152g
  • Saturated Fat 26g
  • Protein 374g
  • Carbohydrate 68g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Sodium 5601mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Desiree are a good all-purpose potato; you could also use bintje, pontiac, spunta or pinkeye.

Alternative species: Snapper, tarwhine, whiting or any of the bream species.

Recipe supplied by Sydney Seafood School.

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