Tandoori spiced sea bream

Tandoori spiced sea bream

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus chilling


Serves 2
Simple to prep but with pretty special results, this Indian-inspired menu from MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker makes a romantic meal for two

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze butter only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal225
  • fat13g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.42g
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  • drizzle olive oil, for frying

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 sea bream fillets

For the tandoori butter

  • 1 tsp garlic paste (blend lots of peeled garlic with a little vegetable oil, then freeze in ice cube trays)



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 1 tsp ginger paste (made as above)



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 green chillies
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • juice ½ lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 100g unsalted butter


  1. Mix the tandoori butter ingredients, plus some seasoning, in a small food processor or with a hand-held blender until smooth. Scrape onto cling film, then use the cling film to help you roll it into a cylinder. Twist the ends to seal in the butter and chill until firm. The butter will last in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  2. Heat a heavy-based frying pan with a drizzle of oil until really hot. Season the fish, then place in the pan, skin-side down, and cook for 4-5 mins until crisp and almost cooked through. Carefully turn over, add a good tbsp of tandoori butter to the pan and spoon it over the fish as it melts. Serve straight away with the Crushed saffron potatoes and Green beans with coconut (recipes below), with any pan juices poured over.

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Comments (18)

reichem's picture

Excellent recipe. So easy to make and really delicious. I like spicy food so upped the chilli in the butter. The saffron potatoes work well with it too.

hazelsk89's picture

Perfect for the OH who thinks kormas are spicy, but agree it needs more kick for the rest of us. Quick to prepare and cook and you can make a load of the butter and freeze it for future meals!

jiggler69's picture

Very nice, needs more heat; will add a bit more spice next time round.

kathryndonna's picture

I made the Tandoori butter and used half of it to cook chicken in. It gave a good, warmly spiced dish, perfect for those who do not like to much heat. Personally I would have preferred a bit more of a kick and would use more chilli next time.

wilsonc's picture

Made this a few times - its really good and easy to make. The recipe for the potatoes and beans has disappeared but this is it:

For the crushed saffron potatoes:
300g (10oz) new potatoes
½ tsp powdered saffron
25g (1oz) unsalted butter

In a large pan of boiling salted water, boil the new potatoes until tender.
While the potatoes boil, add a drop of boiling water to the saffron. Drain the potatoes and return to the pan over a low heat.
Add the butter and saffron, and season with salt and pepper. Roughly crush together with a potato masher and keep warm until you are ready to serve the dish.

For the green beans with coconut:
140g (5oz) trimmed green beans
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp mustard seeds

Blanch the green beans in boiling, salted water for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to retain their bite and colour.
Return the pan to the heat and add the oil, coconut and mustard seeds to the pan. Fry until they are golden and fragrant.
Stir in the beans until warmed through and serve with the fish.

lovepears's picture

Dear Wilsonc, many thanks for taking the time to write all that for me (and others I suppose!), it is very kind of you. I will be making it over the weekend for my mother in law's birthday dinner. Thanks again:-)

cocoonbarbie's picture

A winner of a recipe. So simple and quick but with a wonderful spicy flavour. Popped rest of butter in freezer and used some stirred into crushed new potatoes another day with some bbqd lamb steaks. Really yummy.

cocoonbarbie's picture

Sea bream was delicious, served it with some instant raita using yoghurt, garlic paste and concentrated mint from a jar. Couldn't find the saffron potatoes recipe though and I really wanted to try these. Can anyone post a shortened recipe for it please? Thanks

lizleicester's picture

Used whole sea bream and served them with salad. Lovely, healthy meal with really delicious tandoori butter that will go with lots of other dishes.

rubycatruby's picture

I made this for my husband and fish loving, MasterChef loving 9 year old. We all absolutely devoured it and I agree with previous posts; the butter is so versatile. I will definitely make it again. The green bean mix was gorgeous and they went back to the pan for the scrapings after they'd finished the dish. I would put hotter chili into the butter mix next time.

summerpud's picture

Lovely recipie.

I have used this butter on Sea bass & River Cobbler too, great result.

Also put a disc of the butter on hubbys sirloin steak before I served it, he loved it!

irene01's picture

Fabulous recipe and so quick and easy. I used Monkfish and it worked well. The potatoes and beans were also very tasty and made the whole meal very special. I will definitely be cooking this again. Can we have more of Dhruv's recipes please.

mazzizapsycho's picture

I was very impressed with this, I wasn't convinced at first that just adding the butter at the end would really impart much flavour but it ended up beautifully spiced. I loved having left over butter in the freezer to pull out when I wanted it, and would definately reccomend the saffron potatoes too.

chedges's picture

Really delicious. We made the saffron potatoes too and they were equally as delicious.

However the house stank of the fish and spices the next day so possibly in future I'll roast the fish in the oven with the butter.

karenjohnson23's picture

suitable for other types of fish too. great recipe. we plated up a square of baked polenta (simon rimmer recipe) topped with italian butter beans, then the fish on top garnished with coriander. recommended.

thynk2much's picture

I made this with sea bass as a romantic New Year's Eve dinner for two, including the potatoes, beans and dessert. All SO gorgeous and SO easy. Will absolutely make this again. Agree that this would be great for a dinner party as well.

tomsci's picture

Lovely recipe!! Might change the green beans next time...use coconut milk maybe to make a creamed green beans. Used sea trout as sea bream was not available. Rest of the tandoori butter will work well with some chicken breast I think.

knickers68's picture

this was absolutely deliscious and very simple to make. we particularly enjoyed the safron potatoes which you could use with any number of other dishes . perfect dinner party dish !

Questions (1)

lovepears's picture

Hi there, I cannot see the recipes for the saffron pot and coconut beans.... I look everywhere on this page, 'recipes below'- can't see it anywhere! Can anybody please direct me to the right place or perhaps tell memore about these recipes? Many thanks in advance!

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