Wild black sea bream, also known as Porgy, isn’t eaten that much in the UK, even though it’s absolutely delicious, so bream is usually landed in relatively small quantities. But those in the know prize them for their firm white flesh and delicious, sweet flavour, not unlike sea bass.
Ranging in size from 300g to 1kg, a whole black bream makes a perfect meal from one up to three people. Our black bream come scaled & gutted, or if you prefer we can fillet them. Please be aware that the filleted weight will be approximately 40% of the whole fish weight.
Black bream are abundant in our local Dorset waters, especially around Portland Bill and off Chesil Beach. All our fish are line caught sustainably by local day boats and landed directly to Weyfish on Custom House Quay. We avoid catching bream during the April-May breeding season.
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
Black bream is a great fish to experiment with, and pairs well with an array of ingredients. Its delicate flavour goes well with fennel, sorrel, lemon, thyme, parsley, olives, asparagus and almonds.
A whole bream can be baked, grilled or barbecued. Try it in the oven with a simple squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh rosemary and thyme. The fish also lends itself especially well to being baked in a salt crust, where the moisture is retained and the crust provides a wonderful delicate seasoning.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
Locally caught, sustainable seafood
We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.