baked fish [breaded bream]

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I’m sure its no surprise to anyone that I’m still freakishly obsessed with Stardew Valley. It’s such a peaceful relaxing game and it definitely helps cleanse the salt left by other games.

However, that doesn’t mean Stardew Valley has been without frustrating for me! When I first started, I could NOT for the life of me understand fishing… It was such a simple concept, but for whatever reason, my brain just went into full derp mode whenever I started fishing.

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Eventually, after much struggling and rambling at my computer screen, it finally clicked in my head. That’s when I decided to become the fisher-woman of Pelican Town!Willy’s gonna be so proud!

Much to the dismay of my poor farm husband Sebastian, I began storing all of my catch in a storage chest in the kitchen because the fridge was full of important things such aswheat and quartz. This isalso because I’m scared to accidentally turn any of my future legendary fish catches into sashimi again…RIP ANGLER, MARCH 8th 2016 – MARCH 8th 2016.

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Why’s it smell so bad in here…? It’s totally not that un-refrigeratedbox of fish in the kitchen…

Since I’ve become the self-proclaimed fisher-woman of Pelican Town, I decided I just had to make another fish dish.

Baked_FishImagevia the Official Stardew Valley Wiki

Dish o’ The Sea was a good start, but it was time to up my fish cooking skills by roasting a whole fish.

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I’m a terrible fisher in real life, so I headed to my local fish monger. I’m not in an area of the US where Sunfish is a common, and fresh water Bream is difficult to get since it’s a fish native to Europe.However, I substituted it with its cousin-by-name, the Sea Bream!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup of flour
  5. whole bream, gutted and fins removed
  6. fresh parsley
  7. fresh dill
  8. 4 – 5 sprigs fresh majoram, stems removed
  9. 3-5 cloves of garlic
  10. 1 shallot
  11. 1 lemon (2 if you plan on adding a lemon decoration for plating)
  12. dandelion greens

BUILD ORDER

Total prep time for this dish is about 20 minutes. Cook time is ~35 minutes. This makes about 2 servings.

OPENING

  1. Roughly chop your garlic and shallots.
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  2. Season your bream with salt and pepper. Make sure to rub the seasoning inside the empty cavity.
  3. Stuff the bream with 1/2 of your dill, parsley and majoram. Add in your garlic and your shallots. Add in 2 lemon slices.
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  4. Coat your bream with a light dusting of flour.

MID GAME

  1. Place your remaining herbs on in a large baking dish.
  2. Place your bream on top of the herbs.
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  3. Carefully drizzle the olive oil over the bream.
  4. OPTIONAL: Add two lemons on top of the bream.

LATE GAME

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Bake the fish for about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the lemons and broil for 5 minutes at broil at 500 F. This is to make the breading extra crispy!
  3. While the bream is baking, steam or lightly boil your dandelion greens. Season with salt, pepper and lemon.
  4. Plate the dandelion greens first. Then place your freshly baked bream on top of the greens. OPTIONAL: Add two lemon halves to replicate the in-game design.
  5. Eat!

GG WP, Farmer!

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Now you have this delightful fish that you can share!

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Or you can just keep it to yourself… I mean, you need the energy right? The farm isn’t gonna take care of itself!