Sea (Gilthead) Bream Sparus aurata

The most popular and highly regarded of the sea breams is the gilthead - it makes a good alternative to sea bass.

Appearance

A round, warmwater fish with a sweet, pinkish, opaque flesh which is succulent and firm, and benefits from only a few easily removed bones.

Size

Range from 300g-1kg

Source

English Channel (wild), Mediterranean (farmed)

Seasonality

Farmed commercially all year round; best quality May-July

Oil Content

Medium

Price Guide

Medium

Portion Size

Whole; fillets

Alternatives

Snapper, sea bass

How To Cook

Try pan-frying, grilling, baking (whole), poaching or steaming. A lovely, versatile fish that cooks well in a number of ways and tastes good with delicate or strong flavours. A popular fish across Europe.



Fish Fact

The name 'gilt head' derives from the gold band found on the forehead.

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