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Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Olives

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Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Olives: A Mediterranean Delight

Introduction: Transport your taste buds to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean with this exquisite recipe. Rooted in the rich culinary traditions of coastal villages, this dish is a harmonious marriage of fresh seafood, vibrant tomatoes, briny olives, and a medley of aromatic herbs. The dish not only tantalizes the palate but also pays homage to the historical significance of these ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine.

Historical Context: The combination of fish, tomatoes, and olives is a culinary symphony that echoes through time. The Mediterranean region has a storied history of incorporating these ingredients, with roots tracing back to ancient civilizations. Tomatoes, native to South America, found their way to Europe in the 16th century and soon became a staple in Mediterranean cooking. Olives, a symbol of prosperity and peace in ancient cultures, have been cultivated and enjoyed for thousands of years. Fish, abundant in coastal areas, has always been a centerpiece of Mediterranean diets. Combining these elements, our recipe is a contemporary celebration of this historical tapestry.


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the halved cherry tomatoes, olives, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and a generous grind of black pepper. Gently toss the mixture to ensure even distribution of flavors.
  3. Place the fish fillets in a single layer in the baking dish. Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the tomato and olive mixture over the fish fillets, ensuring they are well-covered.
  5. Lay lemon slices on top of each fillet, providing a burst of citrusy aroma and flavor.
  6. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, creating a seal to lock in moisture and flavor during baking.
  7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  8. Once done, remove the baking dish from the oven and carefully uncover it, as steam will escape. The tomatoes should be softened, the olives slightly caramelized, and the fish tender.
  9. Serve the dish hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley to add a pop of color and a final touch of freshness.

Conclusion: The Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Olives recipe is a culinary voyage that marries the past and present, crafting a wholesome and flavorsome dish that captures the essence of the Mediterranean. With each bite, you embark on a sensory journey that connects you to the timeless flavors that have defined the region’s gastronomic identity. Whether shared among loved ones or savored as a solo indulgence, this dish brings a taste of history and a burst of Mediterranean sunshine to your table.


prep time
20-25 minutes.
cooking time
20-25 minutes.
4 servings.
total time
45 minutes.


  • Baking dish

  • Mixing bowl

  • Chef's knife

  • Cutting board

  • Citrus juicer

  • Measuring spoons

  • Aluminum foil


  • 4 fresh fish fillets (such as sea bass, cod, or snapper)

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


Preheat oven to 375°F.
Mix tomatoes, olives, oil, herbs.
Season and layer fish.
Bake 20-25 minutes.
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