Spicy Black Sesame Sea Bream with Corn-Coriander Salad

Black Sesame Spicy Sea Bream (01) by MeetaK

Finally the sun came out on Wednesday. After our return from Austria, where the weather was so la-la - a bit of rain, a bit of sunshine, sometimes warm, sometimes cold - I was hoping for a bit more of summer when we came home.

I still had another week off and was planning on spending it with Soeren. But there was no sign of summer anywhere in Weimar either.

However, both of us are creative when it comes to having fun. So, we spent the earlier part of the week going to the library for a book reading, taking in a 3-D movie about dolphins and whales. One of the things I admire about Soeren is his enthusiasm. Before school was out his class went for a visit to the Weimar House. I shamefully had to admit to him that in the 5 years we've been living here, I have not had the opportunity to visit this brilliant museum.

I believe he was in the state of incredulity because I normally am quite pedantic about such important things. The fact that I had not taken an interest in how Weimar came to be, as I am very impressed by this city and it's culture, and had not visited the Weimar House struck him as rather odd. His solution back then was "We'll go when I have my break! I'll show you around."

It was quite exciting to be led through a museum by a five year old and although we were guided through the city's history by Goethe himself, I found Soeren's explanations far more interesting.

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On Wednesday the sun came out and with it, summer it's full glory. Since then we've been to the ega park, where in between the Japanese gardens and the rose garden, we spent hours at the playground, the farm and the observatory tower. The following day both of us packed a lovely picnic, got our bikes out and went for a lovely long bike ride. We spread out our picnic next to the river below a huge oak tree and while Soeren splashed around in the water I was able to read. Lying on our backs we discovered several cloud animals in the clear blue skies and finally after a little nap we headed into town for our favorite ice-creams.

A lovely week with an exceptional kid. Currently he seems to find fun in reading everything backwards and we have a grand time making up our own language.

This coming week he's spending with his grandparents and I am sure they too will have a ball with him. Me? Oh I am going back to work tomorrow but I am also looking forward to enjoying the time out being single-me again. I love everything about being mummy and cherish every moment spent with my son - but I do love the times when dinner does not have to be done by 6:30 PM or bedtime by 8:00 PM. When I can kick back and eat at 9 PM if I want and go out with Tom and friends on the spur of the moment without having to arrange for a babysitter a few days ahead of time.

But I know I will miss him! Especially in the kitchen where he is my diligent assistant and we've been cooking up a few feasts together. One of them was this fantastic tasting fish.

Sea bream, also known as dorade, is on my top 5 hit list of fish. The delicate white flesh of the sea-bream is succulent and juicy. It is versatile and not only suitable for a wide variety of dishes but also used in several different types of cuisines. It is equally delicious in sashimi, ceviche or simply smoked.

In this recipe I have made a spicy rub with garlic, paprika powder, ground cumin and dried chili flakes, then lightly coated it with black sesame seeds. Served together with a tangy corn-coriander salad, this is a healthy, light and flavorful meal. Perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

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Printable version of recipe here.

Spicy Black Sesame Sea Bream

4 Sea bream/Dorade filets, about 180g each
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5 teaspoons paprika powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon red peppercorn, coarsely cracked
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

In a small bowl prepare the spice rub by mixing together the garlic, paprika powder, ground cumin, chili flakes and red peppercorns.

Wash, dry and season your fish filets and then generously coat them with the spice rub. Lightly coat in the black sesame seeds. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet and pan-fry the fish on each side for 3-4 minutes.


Corn-Coriander Salad

450g corn, cooked (alternatively you can use canned corn)
Large bunch of coriander, chopped
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
250g  tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, cubed
1 green chili, finely chopped
3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2.3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper


In a large salad bowl mix all of the ingredients for the salad, season to taste and toss well. Allow for the flavors to infuse for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve the sea bream hot with lime wedges and the corn-coriander salad.



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Can it be true? Such a scrumptious meal ready in such a short time. Yes, it is. Meals like this are on the regular menu plan at our home. Simple to prepare and big on taste. All the flavors harmonize se well with each other. The slight sharpness of the chilies fits in so well with the nutty sesame seeds. If you like fish on your tables - you'll love this.

I have joined the Royal Food Joust, a great event, which gets you to cook out of the box. Each month 3 ingredients are picked and assigned. Our jobs is to go off with our thinking caps and create a dish with those ingredients. This month the 3 ingredients were sesame, coriander and fish. What do you think, did i do an acceptable job here?

You might like these fish ideas from WFLH:

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Asian Style Tilapia
Honey Teriyaki Salmon with Mange-Tout
Trout with Olive Sauce and Lemon Mashed Potatoes
Mousse de Truite

Seafood from around the blogs:
80 Breakfast's luscious seafood paella
Live to Eat's spicy sambal shrimps
Tastes like Home's no ordinary hassar curry 
Cook (almost) Anything's crispy green curry fish cakes

Daily Tiffin Reading Tip:
Branching out... or just getting started in the kitchen by Mike of Mike's Table


*Note about the pictures: While these pictures are not the first set of pictures I took with my new lights, these are the first to be premiered on WFLH (besides the ones I presented here) using the Lowel EGO lights and my studio.

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  1. Sea bream isn't a very common fish in the markets here, but your spice rub would be great on some other local (to New England) white fish, like cod.

  2. Wow, that Corn-Coriander Salad looks so vibrant and delectable!! And so great that it doesn't take long to make :0)

  3. The fish looks wonderful and that corn salad a killer! Great flavour combinations!

  4. Oh Dear never try blac sesam but I saw here I will try this recipe. This lok so nice and tasy! xGloria

  5. Hi just called in, to say that I used one of your photos from Flickr to do a little montage of photos...I hope you don't mind, I will remove it if your wish...

  6. Love the look of that spice rub!

  7. Meeta, great 1st entry in the Joust. I love Sea Bream and you did it rather nicely.

  8. Good to read that you continue to have a good time together. Especially when the weather isn't so great. Delicious-looking meal. I love fish.


  9. What a great dish. I do love fish and could definitelly eat it every single day. The salad is soo gorgeous with all its colours.very,very vibrant.and added that extra texture dimension to your meal. fabulous.

  10. Hi Meeta..thanks for commenting on my blog...you have a lovely blog, so will be back to visit soon. Anne

  11. I've never tried sea bream but you make it sound delicious!

  12. Though there's currently not a lot of sunshine where you are, the image you've captured screams of warmth and summer in all its glory!

    Hope you had a good vacation.

  13. Good luck with he joust...this is an excellent entry. Perfect for a healthy, light lunch.

  14. So beautiful ... & the spice rub sounds so tasty!

  15. Gosh that looks delicious - I may steal your spice rub for other fish!

  16. Great pictures, Meeta, with the new lights..I couldn't make out! fantastic meal as well..

  17. Your corn-coriander salad looks mouth watering! I love the colors :)

  18. What an interesting idea, spiced rub for fish - I like it. Last time I had Dodrade was in France last month, it was delicious.

  19. the slices of red bell pepper are nicely dressed up. for me, they have to be that way. and i love love cumin, it's a staple in my kitchen. so yeah, this combo works, Meeta.

  20. wow, I don't eat meat, and yet I'm so tempted to reach out and grab a bit of that! glad to see you are still having fun with Soeren!:)

  21. i almost feel like i'm losing weight and enjoying it when i look at that picture. looks so light and flavorful. great bold flavors for a fresh, healthy meal!

  22. That looks good. I would not have thought to combine black sesame seeds with those spices. Sea bream is on my list of to try fish.

  23. loving the colors of this combo. just gorgeous!

  24. Why oh Why did I approve your membership to the RFJ?? Now I've got You to compete with!! LOL! Just kidding my dear. The Fish looks just wonderful. Welcome to the RFJ and good luck on the joust!

  25. I love the dish you came out with for the Joust! As always, you not only combine flavours but also colours... a beauty :D
    I'm uploading my dish tomorrow too! Let the best win ;-)

    Hope that this is just your first entry in the Joust! Will love to see you there every month :D

  26. What a great time! It's stories like these that make me excited to be a mom!

    I've never tried sea bream before, but this dish sounds so delicious!

  27. Hey Meeta!
    Your seabream looks wonderful - great spice rub. (I love seabream too - luckily it's plentiful in my neck of the woods!)


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