Baked Striped Bream with Fennel Recipe
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​​​​​​The seas in Turkey are very rich in terms of fish diversity. Therefore, the delicious combination of rakı, fish and salad is a​​​ mainstay of raki culture. Whatever the fish, raki is excellently suited. Here, we prepared a baked striped bream recipe that is classy and delicious accompanist to Yeni Rakı.

​​​​Baked Striped Bream with Fennel Recipe


  • 4 whole striped sea bream
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 4 bay leav​es
  • 1 tbsp. of fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp. of course salt
  • Fresh ground white pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. 

  2. Place fish on a lightly oiled sheet pan and score diagonally on each side with 4 evenly spaced slits, about 2 1⁄2″ long and 1⁄2″ deep. 

  3. Gently tuck a piece of fennel and bay leaf in each opening. Sprinkle fennel seeds, salt, and pepper inside and all over each fish. 

  4. Brush each fish with olive oil and bake for five minutes, until flesh is firm. Place under broiler until skin is crispy, in around two minutes. 

  5. Remove from oven and quickly transfer fish onto a large platter. Serve with grilled eggplant, Mediterranean salad and piece of lemon.

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