Mediterranean-Style Grilled Fish

From the Mediterranean, the heart of Western civilization, comes this famous grilled fish recipe. (Image: Courtesy of Taste of Life/ Hsuyi Shih)

The Mediterranean diet features many disease-preventing foods, and people who live in that region have fewer instances of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. This Mediterranean-style grilled fish recipe offers many of these health-giving ingredients.

Tomatoes, for example, can reduce the oxidation of cholesterol, decrease heart disease, and have anti-cancer effects. Garlic can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Common purslane, a plant often used in Mediterranean cuisine, is considered a superfood. Chop a small handful and sprinkle it on the following dish before baking for a healthy boost.

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This Mediterranean-style grilled fish is grilled with rosemary, garlic, and lemon, potatoes, black olives, tomatoes, and bell pepper. When you savor it, we hope you catch a hint of warm, Grecian breezes.

Ingredients: (Two servings)

  • Approx. 1 Ib (500 g) bass, scaled and gutted
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) olive oil
  • 6-10 black olives
  • ⅔ cup (150 g) tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • ½ lb (250 g) potatoes
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • black pepper
  • coarse salt


  • Rub the fish with salt and pepper, then coat with olive oil.
  • Cut the lemon into three parts and slice the center portion. Place lemon slices, half of the garlic, and some rosemary inside the fish. Set aside in a refrigerator.
  • Spread olive oil on the baking platter.
  • Layer tomato and potato slices on the platter, then bell pepper, onion, olives, more rosemary, and the remaining garlic. Add salt and the remaining olive oil.
  • Place the fish on the platter, beside or on top of the vegetables. Add more rosemary, and squeeze lemon juice over everything.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 395°F (202°C).
  • Garnish with minced basil and serve.

Note: You can use the fish whole or in slices. Make diagonal cuts on the sides of the whole fish so the flavors can permeate.

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