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Denise (Gilt-Head Sea Bream) With Roasted Tomato Sauce

Denise (Gilt-Head Sea Bream) With Roasted Tomato Sauce


Everyone seems to cook the same two fish: salmon and tilapia. And everyone says the same thing: “I like fish if it doesn't taste too fishy.” So listen carefully—fish should never taste fishy! Fish should just taste buttery and delicious. It only tastes fishy if it is poor quality or not fresh. So do yourself and all your non-fish lovers a favor, and buy some quality fresh fish and you will discover how fish is supposed to taste.


  • 8 filets Denise fish (gilt-head sea bream)
  • 2 boxes cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt, pink Himalayan
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 lemons, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup garden cress (called Reshed in Israel)


  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Prepare a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Add the tomatoes, garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well. Bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Season the fish with salt and place on same baking dish, squeeze the juice from 1 lemon on top and add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil. Cover tightly with tinfoil and bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and using a wooden spoon, smash the tomatoes (wear an apron!) Add the garden cress and the juice from the other lemon and serve.

Notes and Tips:

I used orange and red cherry tomatoes because they create such deep incredible color. Garden cress is a smaller version of watercress (in the sprouts family) and is filled with incredible nutrients. Feel free to substitute it with any fresh herbs or sprouts of your choice.

Chef Zissie Spivak specializes in flavor. She has created a name for herself in the kosher culinary world by studying international cuisines and using the flavors to help people understand healthy cooking in the least intimidating way. She runs exclusive events and classes for her clients, but if you don't have the opportunity to have Chef Zissie as your own private chef, don't fret! On her website she provides daily meal plans with all relevant details, including shopping lists. Her recipes are unique, yet relatable; easy, yet impressive; healthy, yet bursting in flavor.
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