Besugo Orio
Basque Coast Getaria   Orio   Zarautz   Aia   Zumaia

Orio style sea bream

Orio’s seafaring tradition is palpable today in the success of small fishing boats and fishing activity that has put the region on the map. For centuries, and until only a few years ago, sea bream always entered the Oria estuary, watched by the seagulls and cormorants that accompanied the boats in their long-awaited return home. In the past, many were taken by mule to Castile, destined for the soused fish industry. However, for some time now the precise and flavourful Orio style of preparing bream has grown in both prestige and popularity. All that is needed is a little oil, garlic, chilli and vinegar to elevate even further a dish that already exudes elegance and, once it is suffused with the ingredients mentioned, the heat of the embers and the skilful hand of the chef, becomes a delicacy that is praised and craved by food lovers of every kind. No one can resist the charms, the captivating aroma or the superb texture of the finest Orio-style sea bream.

What is the Orio style? Choose a good fish, preferably female. Descale and clean it, removing the guts. Coat it with oil, season to taste and place it straight on the grill, without using a poacher. It is grilled closed, to achieve the best flavour, tenderness and white flesh. Once cooked, open it like a book, from bottom to top, coat lightly with vinegar and fried sliced garlic and chilli. For even better results, retain the mix of vinegar, oil and the fish’s own juices and reduce it in a frying pan, stirring a few times before adding it to the dish again. Bon appetit!

The Bisiguaren Festa is held in July. Up to five hundred sea bream are cooked for this annual festival.

The gastronomic experience:

Orio´s Style Sea Bream

Description: With this experience you will learn how to prepare a good grilled sea bream Orio´s style. 2  masters from our grilled restaurants will reveal you the secrets of this recipe.

When :  Fridays all year

Timetable: From 13:00 to 14 :00

Meeting point: To be confirmed at the time of booking.

Price: 35 € for adults , 15 € for under 12 years old. Sea Bream and txakoli tasting included.

Further information: Orio´s tourism office, 943 83 55 65.  You can also consult here.



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