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