A Recipe by Éric Chavot


Sea Bream, Tapenade and Saffron Fennel

Éric Chavot is a French Michelin starred chef at the eponymous restaurant Brasserie Chavot in Conduit Street in London's Mayfair. Here, he shares a recipe of sea bream, tapenade and saffron fennel - a perfect French-inspired simple supper. 


Serves 4


Two sea bream weighing 750-800g each, filleted


100g pitted black olives                            

40g sundried tomatoes, finely chopped

20g parmesan                                  

20g raw pine nuts, finely chopped                      

15g original vincotto vinegar (or thick balsamic vinegar)

30g green Pesto (you can buy this)                      

Saffron braised fennel

2 fennel, core removed, cut in four                     

2 star anise              

240ml orange juice

100g butter               

100ml olive oil                    

2 sprigs of thyme                  

1 garlic clove

1 pinch saffron                      

Dash of pernod                     

Salt and pepper 

To Serve

Handful basil, torn             


To make the tapenade, grind together all the ingredients and set aside. 

To make the saffron braised fennel, heat the oven to 140C. Place everything together in a pot, cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes, until the fennel is softened. Use a knife to check it cuts through easily. Pan-fry the fennel in a little olive oil for a minute on each side, until golden.

In the same pan, fry the sea bream skin side down for three minutes, until golden. Take the pan off the heat and turn the fish over. Spread a tablespoon of tapenade on top of each fillet of fish.

Divide the fish and saffron braised fennel between four plates and serve with plenty of fresh basil.