Pan-fried sea bass with saffron-braised peas and broad beans


Pinch saffron
2 tbsp olive oil
1 echalion shallot, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
200ml dry white wine
200g peas, defrosted if frozen
200g broad beans, defrosted if frozen
4 boneless sea bass fillets, thawed if frozen


1. Soak the saffron in 300ml hot water. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a deep frying pan, add the shallot and cook over a medium heat for 3–5 minutes, until starting to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

2. Stir in the thyme, pour in the wine and season. Simmer for 5–7 minutes, until reduced by half. Tip in the peas and beans and pour in the saffron water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes, until the peas and beans are tender.

3. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan. Season the fish and fry, skin side up, for 2–3 minutes. Turn over and cook for a further 2 minutes. Spoon the braised peas and beans and their liquor into 4 shallow serving bowls, and top each with a sea bass fillet. Serve with lemon wedges and crusty bread.

Cook’s tip

For bruschetta to serve alongside the sea bass, brush slices of ciabatta with olive oil and toast them in a griddle pan.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes 25 minutes

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,295kj/309kcals
Fat 15.6g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Carbohydrate 10.3g
Sugars 2.6g
Salt 0.3g

5.6g fibre 31.9g protein

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This recipe was first published in Wed Jun 11 13:10:00 BST 2014.