The silver skinned Branzino is a fish with a history, since it’s been enjoyed in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. It’s no wonder! Almost everyone enjoys its velvety texture and sweet, mild flavor. Perfect for those not accustomed to strong seafood flavors. Branzino goes by many names and spellings including Bronzini, European Sea Bass, and Loup de Mer.
Branzino's popularity has spanned the ages. A depiction of Branzino appears in a 1st Century Roman mosaic. It also made it into an episode of Mad Men, where Don Draper’s love interest Sylvia Rosen orders it at an Italian restaurant.
Branzino's mildness makes it ideal for baking, broiling, steaming, poaching, sautéing, or grilling. We especially like roasting it whole with lemons, parsley and fennel. Keep seasonings and sauces light, so the mild taste is not overpowered.
This Mediterranean favorite offers a good source of Vitamins A, C and B6, as well as Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Selenium.