How To Cook Sea Bass | Waitrose & Partners

HOW TO COOK
sea bass

How To Cook Sea Bass | Waitrose & Partners

HOW TO COOK
sea bass

How To Cook Sea Bass | Waitrose & Partners

how to cook
sea bass

Delicate sea bass is delicious whole, but if you prefer fillets, they can be cooked in just a few minutes. Try pan frying, grilling and roasting to make the most of its delicious flavour and texture.

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How to cook sea bass

If you’re after food fast, it doesn’t get much quicker than pan-frying a couple of sea bass fillets. 

Pan-fry

Pan-fry

Heat a little olive oil and butter in a pan and add the fillets skin-side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side, until it’s completely cooked through and opaque, and can be flaked with a fork. 

Grill

Grill

Cook fillets under a preheated medium grill for 2–3 minutes, turning once and brushing with olive oil occasionally. For a whole sea bass, place under a preheated medium grill for 8–10 minutes each side. 

Roast

Roast

Whole sea bass takes well to being roasted in the oven and finished off on the barbecue. To roast a whole sea bass, wrap it in foil or greaseproof paper with herbs and seasonings. Cook in a preheated oven at 200ºC, gas mark 6, for 30–40 minutes. 

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Seabass seasoning

Strong Mediterranean flavours work well with this naturally sweet fish. Try cooking with chopped tomatoes and olives, or serve with a vibrant herby salsa verde, like in our traybake recipe below.

Sea bass recipes

Wondering what to serve with sea bass? Try one of our favourite recipes.

Sea bass traybake with salsa verde

Sea bass traybake with salsa verde

Sea bass goes particularly well with fennel in this easy traybake that’s speedy enough for midweek. 

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Sea bass traybake with salsa verde

Sea bass goes particularly well with fennel in this easy traybake that’s speedy enough for midweek. 

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Sea bass traybake with salsa verde
Sea bass with sauce vierge

Sea bass with sauce vierge

Garlicky, tarragon-scented fresh tomato salsa makes simple pan-fried sea bass fillets something special – and it’s on the table in 25 minutes. 

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Roast whole sea bass with green tikka

Roast whole sea bass with green tikka

This zingy fish dish gets its flavour from Cooks’ Ingredients Green Tikka Masala Paste. If the weather’s good, barbecue the sea bass instead of roasting.

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Roast whole sea bass with green tikka

This zingy fish dish gets its flavour from Cooks’ Ingredients Green Tikka Masala Paste. If the weather’s good, barbecue the sea bass instead of roasting. 

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Roast whole sea bass with green tikka
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Wine pairings

Sea bass pairs beautifully with chilled white wine. Try it with a crisp Pinot Grigio or refreshing Chablis.

How to freeze fish

How to freeze sea bass

Pack it in freezer bags or suitable containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Don’t freeze previously frozen fish or seafood. Be sure to defrost fish thoroughly before cooking.

How to freeze fish

How to freeze sea bass

Pack it in freezer bags or suitable containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Don’t freeze previously frozen fish or seafood. Be sure to defrost fish thoroughly before cooking.