Contains: Fish, nightshades. Is: Paleo, Whole30, quick and easy.
Another recipe for Whole30 month. It’s also intended for Fish Friday Foodies, which has a theme of Mediterranean seafood dishes this month. Since I’ve been wanting to do Greek (and indeed February will be Greek recipes all over the place), and I also didn’t want to do shrimp or octopus, both very prevalent in Greek recipes — I settled on this idea. The links to the other participants this month are at the end of this blog post – yes, they will land out this way next week when the Fish Friday Foodies recipe links are truly to appear.. (PS, the list is up!)
I adapted this recipe from Primally Inspired’s blog: Easy Greek Fish Recipe. Changes have been minimal. I halved the recipe, for personal convenience. I went grape tomatoes instead of cherry (they are easier to find at this time of the year). I went a bit beyond duty – the “or so” – in my addition of oregano. (There’s never enough oregano…) I picked my white fish by what looked good when I went shopping, but the preferred fish would be cod.
Feta cheese is optional – but it doesn’t fit in the Whole30 plan, so I omitted it. I imagine that if you are eating dairy, goat cheese would also work nicely.
Prep Time: 15 minutes.
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes.
Rest Time: Negligible.
Greek Fish Skillet Dish (Bronzini)
- Approximately 0.75 pounds of bronzini (as two 6 ounce pieces). Most any white fish will do, and cod is also a good idea. Regards my bronzini, since it came filleted with the backbone and tail still intact, I cooked it as one piece, to cut in half later.
- 1/2 lemon
- Sea salt and pepper – to taste.
- 1/4 or so teaspoon dried oregano.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil.
- 1 small white onion, halved and sliced.
- 2 small-ish cloves garlic, minced.
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes. If large cherry, slice them in half.
- 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives.
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed. Compact them a bit.
- Optionally provide extra lemon wedges for serving, and if you aren’t doing a Whole 30 (or aren’t lactose-intolerant) also provide feta cheese.
Take that half a lemon, cut it into yet another half again, and squeeze the juice from that portion over the fish, laid out. Afterwards, add salt, pepper and oregano over the top of the fish. (I’m of the opinion that most salt water fish already comes salted, courtesy of the oceans or of the Mediterranean, so I did not use extra salt).
Set a skillet to medium heat, and add the olive oil. Let this get to temp, then add the onion. Cook until the onion is softened, up to five minutes. Add the garlic, another 30 seconds.
Add the tomatoes and olives. Add the juice from the rest of that lemon half. Cook for about another five minutes, or until the grape tomatoes begin to burst, or until the cherry tomato halves decidedly soften.
Add the fish into the skillet, so that the flesh makes contact with the skillet surface. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes (perhaps more if your fish fillet is thick). When your fish is about a minute or two from being done, add in the spinach, re-cover and continue cooking.
Plate and serve, adding lemon wedges to the side, and proffering feta to those who want it. Definitely worth my while!
The Foodie Shopping Spree wherein I acquired the fish (and some other items) used for this recipe – and some other food.
Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, pita bread, fresh baby spinach, fresh eel, crickets, bronzini, Aussie lamb chops (100% grass fed), grape tomatoes. All obtained from ShopRite, except the olives (which I’d forgotten to grab at that shop) and the crickets (which are for the chickens, not me!)
Sharing this recipe at Fiesta Friday: I’m co-hosting this time around. Drop on by and enjoy the fun – and some great recipes!
You should also drop by Full Plate Thursday for some additional wonderful recipes.
Fish Friday Foodies January 2020
Mediterranean Fish & Seafood
- Baccala Soup from Palatable Pastime
- Seafood Paella from Making Miracles
- Greek Seafood Rice from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Greek Bronzini Pan-fried Paleo Dish from Of Goats and Greens
- Zarzuela de Pescado from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Linguine Pescatore from Food Lust People Love
- Moroccan Chermoula Baked Fish Fillet for One from Sneha’s Recipe
- Coquilles St Jacques from Caroline’s Cooking
- Mediterranean Shrimp from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Is bronzini the same as branzino? I recently had a taste of branzino at some fancy restaurant in Los Angeles. It didn’t have a very strong fishy smell, which I appreciate. I should be looking for bronzini/branzino from now on. Thanks for cohosting!
I think it must be. Maybe an alternate spelling? This resembles trout or maybe snapper more than some other fish.
I’m glad you decided to join us. Please don’t forget to add in our links today.
Thanks… the links are now added! (And I am exploring them.)
This will be a summer favorite when my plants are loaded with little tomatoes!
Thanks! I wish it weren’t winter here here right now, I miss my lil tomatoes!
Sounds delicious and super easy too.
Yes, it took no time at all, and I love the Greek flavors.
Looks delicious and healthy.