If you’re looking to try a fish that’s simply packed with rich and buttery flavors, then look no further than the daurade. The daurade is a mouthwatering fish from the Mediterranean Sea that has enraptured people for centuries thanks to its unique appearance and mouthwatering flavor profile.
This saltwater fish — also known as dorade or European sea bream — usually weighs around 4 to 5 kilograms and possesses glistening silver skin. It is a popular fish in many cuisines, and it is often consumed fresh, grilled, fried, boiled, and even steamed.
The fish’s name, “daurade,” means “golden” because of the golden scales between its eyes that make the fish look like it has a bright brow or a royal gilt. Thanks to this unique coloring, the daurade has developed a reputation as a particularly aesthetically pleasing fish. In ancient Greece, the daurade was deemed so beautiful that it was devoted to Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty.
Aside from its physical appearance, the daurade is also widely beloved for its delicious taste. Ever since ancient times, it has been considered one of the tastiest fish. The daurade has tender and juicy white flesh, with a sweet, buttery, and slightly firm flavor profile. As a result, the daurade is versatile and suited for many different styles of preparation, from grilling to serving in bouillabaisse.
Moreover, the daurade is also incredibly healthy to consume. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, vitamins B9 and B12, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
At Nerai, we prepare this beloved fish in a way that best showcases its delicious flavors. Our daurade is sourced from Kefalonia, Greece and then served crudo, or raw. The dish is prepared with 4 ounces of sliced sushi-grade daurade. Half of the fish is prepared with lemon zest, fresh thyme, and mint ouzo fluid gel. The other half of the fish is prepared with red pepper, Aleppo pepper, and lime zest. The dish is served with a lemon, which you can squeeze over the fish to enhance its mouthwatering flavor.