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Groper à la Beli

  • 27/06/2006
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 4
  • 60 min

Even Feruccio Hržić accepted eco-trend on the marvellous Croatian island of Cres and offers simple, tasty and very healthy traditional food in his picturesque restaurant “Beli”, named after the 4,000 years old village.


  • 1 kg Groper or Snapper
  • 1 lemon
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • 500 ml water
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • salt
  • pepper
  • bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta Gourmet Stock Powder


  1. 1.
    Clean and wash the fish, drizzle lemon juice over it and leave it for half an hour. Then season with salt and pepper.
  2. 2.
    Put the prepared fish into a baking pan or ovenproof dish, on small amount of olive oil together with potatoes, peeled and cut into bigger pieces. Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C.
  3. 3.
    Combine olive oil, wine, water, halved garlic, pepper, bay leaf, rosemary and Vegeta Gourmet Stock Powder in a pot and simmer for few minutes.
  4. 4.
    When the fish and potatoes are half baked, pour over prepared oil, wine and herb mixture and bake until done. Baking time is approximately 40 minutes.


If Groper fish is not availabe you can replace it with Snapper fish of the same size.


If you have a larger fish you can speed up cooking time by making a cut through the thickest part of the fish and place the cut side up while cooking.

Little secret

The secret of this dish is in a combination of baking and cooking of the fish.

Energy and nutritional values

Energy and nutritional values are calculated per one serving (i.e. for 1 person). For a dessert, energy and nutritional values have been calculated per 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 637 / 2.663 - -
Fat g 19,93 - -
Carbohydrates g 43,79 - -
Dietary fibre g 2,96 - -
Protein g 63,20 - -
Sodium g 3,51 0 0
Vitamin A μg 86,11 2 2
Vitamin D μg 173,50 87 87
Vitamin C mg 38,58 51 43
Niacin mg 22,35 160 112
Potassium mg 1.745,92 47 47
Phosphorous mg 630,64 79 79
Magnesium mg 138,93 46 35

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)