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Recipe for
Ius in pisce aurata assa
(Sauce for baked sea bream)

by Apicius X, II, 15

Fish sauce for baked Sea Bream.. this fish goes by many names also called a Dorado in the U.S.

Original recipe: Piper, coriandrum, mentam aridam, apii semen, cepam, uuam passam, mel, acetum, uinum, liquamen et oleum.

Translation: A sauce which will make broiled dory more tasty consists of1 pepper, coriander, dry mint, celery seed, onions, raisins, honey, vinegar, wine, broth and oil.


  • A pinch of:
    • peppercorns
    • lovage
    • caraway seeds
    • celery seeds
    • dried onion
  • 1 drop asafoetida essence
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) wine
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) passum
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5ml) garum
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) cornflour


  • Grind together the pepper, lovage, caraway, celery seed and dried onion in a bowl
  • Moisten with a drop of asafoetida essence and add the wine, passum, vinegar, olive oil and garum.
  • Put the mixture in a saucepan, blend in the cornflour and heat until boiling, stirring all the time.
  • Remove from heat when the sauce has thickened, and serve with sea bream
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