The most popular and highly regarded of the many sea breams, according to Greek mythology the gilt-head was considered sacred to Aphrodite – the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. A superb looking fish with bright silvery skin with hints of pink and gold, gilt-heads are successfully farmed in the Mediterranean, giving year- round availability in consistent sizes from 300g to 1kg.
Larger fish can be filleted, and its shape is also ideal for butterfly fillets, which are great for filling with a pesto. Using dill or fennel will enhance the flavour. With its pinkish opaque flesh, the popularity of gilt-head bream continues to grow as a slightly sweeter tasting alternative to sea bass, and can be cooked the same way.
Text by Seafish