Grilled Sea Bream

By soaking whole fish in salted water before it's grilled, chef Scott Conant keeps the flesh moist and ensures crispy skin.

Grilled Sea Bream
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins


  • Two 1 1/2-pound cleaned whole sea bream (orata)

  • Kosher salt

  • Canola oil, for brushing

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, cover the fish with cool water. Generously salt the water and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature. Drain the fish and pat dry.

  2. Light a grill to medium and oil the grate. Rub the fish with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season lightly with salt. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Try this flaky white fish with a crisp, lemony white wine.

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