Gluten-free Greek Oven-Baked Sea Bream with Potato Salad (Tsipoura sto Fourno/ Τσίπουρα στο Φούρνο)



Greek oven baked Sea bream or as we call it in Greece ‘Tsipoura’. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out!
It’s a delicious fish, rich and sweet in flavour. The texture is firm but tender. Sea bream is best cooked whole, backbone left in as the flesh holds together well. Simply dress the fish with lemon slices and a drizzle of olive oil and roast in the oven.

Serve with ‘
Latholemono’ - a lemony oil and oregano dressing.


2-4 Servings


10 Minutes


25 Minutes


For the fish:

  • 2 whole sea bream, gutted

  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 lemon, half sliced and half juiced

  • A pinch oregano

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the potato salad:

  • 300-400g potatoes, cut into quarters

  • 2 spring onions, sliced

  • bunch of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

  • 3 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar

  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

For the Latholemono (lemon and olive oil dressing): 

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 3 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp dried Greek oregano


For the fish:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.

  2. Lay a piece of aluminum foil in a baking dish big enough to fit both fish and some extra to fold. Then lay a piece of baking paper on top.

  3. Place both fish on this, and with a sharp knife make a lengthwise cut in the middle of the belly, do this on both sides.

  4. Top with 1-2 lemon slices per fish, drizzle with olive olive oil, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and oregano.

  5. Fold the aluminum foil over to seal the edges so it cooks in its steam.

  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

  7. Prepare the poatato salad, if making.

For the potato salad:

  1. Place the chopped potatoes into a large pan, cover with cold water and season with salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until cooked.

  2. Once cooked through, drain and leave to steam for a few minutes so they dry out slightly.

  3. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, add in the spring onions, fresh parsley, salt, pepper and vinegar. Mix well and serve.

For the Latholemono (lemon and olive oil dressing): 

  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until combined. It should be a cloudy pale yellow colour.

  2. It can be poured over cooked fish and equally raw fish before cooking.



Sea bream - In Greek mythology, Sea bream was considered sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. So sacred she knew all the health benefits this wonderful lean fish provides! Apart from the obvious source of protein, Sea bream is low in fat, provides a good source of Selenium, Vitamin B12, B3, B6 and Phosphorus and Omega-3 fatty acids. (Source)

Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)

Lemon Juice - high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. (Source)

Oregano - (it must be Greek oregano, as there is a difference in flavour) Oregano is high in antioxidants, it can help prevent damage by neutralising disease-causing free radicals, and contains certain compounds that have potent antibacterial properties. (Source)


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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.


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