Orata Served With Spinach


Today when I went to the store I came across a new fish that I have not seen sold here in New York City before. It’s Orata, a delicious, delicate and very mild fish that is very popular in Italy. It’s very similar to Branzino, but I find it to be even more mild in taste.

As with my other whole fish I baked it. I like to keep it simple. Just some salt, pepper, olive oil and spinach with cranberries. It made such a delicious and healthy meal.

So, if you can purchase it I highly recommend you do. Plus, it’s not expensive.

Try this simple recipe and let me know how you liked it.

Orata with Spinach


  • 1 whole Orata fish cleaned and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup spinach with 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle some olive oil to prevent the fish from sticking or spray with cooking spray.

Place the fish on the sheet and stuff the cavity with some spinach and dried cranberries. Drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove onto a large platter and garnish/serve with some fresh spinach. Enjoy!


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