Fresh octopus (htapodi) is one of the most popular appetizers served in Greek tavernas. However at home we cook it in many other ways and is one of our favourite dishes during Lent.
Lavraki Psito (pr. Lah-VRAH-ki psee-TOH) is grilled sea bass. Greek fresh fish is so delicious that actually we just add a few ingredients, such as salt, pepper and oregano before grilling it. We then serve it with some ladolemono on top.
Gavros Plaki (baked anchovies) is one of the relatively cheap fish and that is why it is called “fish of the poor”.
During the season it is fished in abundance it ranges around 4 – 5 Euros a kilo and when the catch is not good, around the period when there is full moon, it reaches maximum 10 Euros a kilo.
We really love salmon and find that Lime, Dill and Garlic pair great together. Combined with the orange-garlic honey sautéed spinach makes a very healthy combination.
A healthy Mediterranean Salad with Tuna and lots of vegetables which is Mayonnaise free made with an olive oil dressing, which is full of flavour.
Savoro, which means sour, is a sauce which my mother used to make whenever we had fried fish such as red red mullets (μπαρμπούνι), mullets (κουτσομούρα) or other fish like bogue (γόπα) etc. The combination of vinegar and rosemary is a method they used to preserve food back when there were no refrigerators.
One of my favourite salads I love pairing with fish, is my mom’s beet salad with roasted beetroots, boiled potatoes and eggs, tomato and cucumber served with a simple vinaigrette.
Grilled sardines are a common menu item at many Greek restaurants, called “tsipourakika”, served as an appetizer.
Lavraki (Dicentrarchus labrax or seabass) is one of the fish we love and I cook very often and this is a very easy way to prepare it.