Fabulous Bream

The word fabulous in this title is the best adjective to describe this dish. This bream is truly an impressive dish to serve to family or guests. The orange juice, honey, and raisins add sweetness that complements the dandelions. 

bream fillets with dandelion greens on white plate

Bream, also called bluegill, is a white, flaky freshwater fish that is common in the South. It’s not only a tasty choice: bream stands out nutrition-wise, too. It’s a surprisingly lean fish. A 3-ounce serving has only about a gram of fat, but it contains one-third of your daily value of vitamin B-12.

Dandelion greens add extra nutrition to this bream dish. They’re a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium.

For more fabulous fish recipes, be sure to check the Fish & Seafood category of my blog. For example, if you prefer crappie to bream, Crappie with White Beans and Basil is a delicious comfort food. For a fish dish with a kick, try my Creole Fried Catfish Tacos

bream fillets with dandelion greens on white plate

Fabulous Bream with Dandelions

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. dandelions
  • 2 cups orange juice with pulp
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 8 fillets of bream
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley finely chopped


  • In medium-sized sauté pan, slowly add dandelions.  Add strained orange juice, honey, and raisins. Set aside the orange juice pulp. The dandelions will shrink fairly quickly. Simmer until reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl add 4 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Whisk until emulsified.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the orange pulp until it releases juices. Add to vinaigrette mixture. Mix well.
  • In large sauté pan heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat. Score the skin of the fillet twice. Season fish with salt and pepper. Place skin side down in pan until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Re-heat the greens. Stir in parsley. Place ¼ of dandelion mixture on plate. Put a fillet of bream on top. Drizzle vinaigrette and oil around fish. Serve immediately with French bread with herb spread.
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