Indian Spiced Sea Bream With Crispy Skin

Indian Spiced Sea Bream with Crispy Skin

This Indian spiced sea bream recipe is a great healthy midweek dinner for the whole family. Simple to prepare and utterly delicious!

Indian spiced sea bream

Elaine and I have enjoyed experimenting with recipes this week and most of them have had an Indian twist.

It was a suggestion from a friend who recommended that we try some spiced recipes which inspired us this week. 

We have already cooked up and presented our Chana Masala dish for Meat Free Monday.

In the back of my mind though, curry and dishes like it are probably a comfort food for me.  When I was younger, curry was always a popular dish in my home growing up. 

My dad would prepare a curry or spiced dish for us if not weekly, then at least every fortnight.  

I remember the neighbours would comment on the spicy aromas that they could smell from their own kitchens. They would often ask him for tips or recipe ideas for themselves. 

Having spent a large portion of his childhood in India it was no surprise that I grew up appreciating the complexity of the dishes that he would create for us to enjoy.  

With this in mind Elaine and I decided that for this recipe we would have fish as the hero ingredient accompanied by our new favourite side of Chana Masala.  

We seem to be including this everywhere this week in all of our cooking at home as we love it so much.  So, we both think that it will really go well with this Indian Spiced Sea bream recipe that we have put together.

It really is so easy and quick and if you have already made the Chana Masala in advance then dinner is ready in next to no time at all.  Quick and tasty, with added nutrition too, you cannot really go wrong here.  

Like all our recipes here at Thyme to Feel Alive, our Indian spiced sea bream is full of nutrition as well as flavour.  A healthy balanced diet should include 2 portions of fish a week and sea bream is a great option. 

Although not considered an oily fish, sea bream does contain omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for good health. They are anti-inflammatory, good for heart health and can aid with weight loss.

Sea bream also contain vitamins D and E, as well as being an excellent source of protein.

Although we have opted for sea bream today, you can use any fish with the spice rub, sea bass, cod or monkfish.  Anything you want.  

We would also recommend that you make up your own spice mix using ours as a guide. 

If you don’t have a particular spice in your pantry, don’t worry.  Just switch for another or leave it out.  As we said earlier, you can’t go wrong.  It will still taste amazing. 

In the end just like when I was young, its not just all about the food that you eat, its about who you eat it with.

Let’s make ourselves a promise and make most of our home-cooked meals nice and healthy.  

So that we can enjoy and share those meals together for a long time to come! 

We hope you love our Indian spiced sea bream recipe. Please let us know in the comments what you think!


Indian Spiced Sea Bream

Delicious sea bream coated with Indian Spices. Goes well with our Chana Masala!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2


  • 2 sea bream fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 lime


  • Mix all of the spices together with the salt and pepper in a bowl
  • Coat both sides of the fish with the spice rub, using a pastry brush to coat it evenly
  • Heat oil in a frying pan/griddle pan over a medium heat
  • Cook the fish for 2 minutes each side
  • Transfer the fish to a pre-heated grill and grill for 2 minutes, skin side up, on a medium heat, until the skin is crispy and the fish is cooked through
  • Serve with a green salad, wedge of lime and our Chana Masala on the side!

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