Grilled or Roasted Daurade Royale in Fresh Herbs for Dinner
Some people shy away from cooking fish, particularly whole fish, but my recipe below for Grilled or Roasted Daurade Royale is failproof. Dorade Royale is sometimes referred to as Sea Bream. If you can’t find Dorade or Sea Bream, Red Snapper or Branzino are good alternatives. Simply ask your local fishmonger for fresh fish and ask them to do the hard work of cleaning and descaling. From there, the preparation and cooking will take only a few minutes. At Laurel, my cooking school in Fontvieille, we often prepare recipes with fresh fish or other readily available ingredients.
Whole Grilled or Roasted Daurade Royale Wrapped in Fresh Herbs
- Parchment Paper or a silicone baking mat
- 4 small Dorade Royale 1 per person, cleaned and descaled (ask the fishmonger to prepare the fish for you)
- A few sprigs of Fresh Herbs parsley, thyme, dill (chosen to chef’s preference, that’s you!)
- 2 Lemons thinly sliced
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Ground Pepper
- Heat the oven to 205°C / 400°F
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Stuff each fish with fresh herb stems, and a slice of lemon, thinly sliced garlic is also tasty but optional.
- Drizzle both sides of the fish with olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place one slice of lemon on top of the fish and wrap it with herb stems, to close and seal in the stuffing. Then, using kitchen twine, wrap the fish twice to secure the herbs.
- Place the fish on the lined baking sheet and bake for 17-20 minutes, depending on the size of your fish. You can test for doneness by using a fork near the belly to see if the flesh is flaky. Once it’s flaky, it’s ready!
- Remove twine before serving