Sea bass is high in protein and has a subtle flavor that's easy to pair with your favorite side dish. Whether you want a delicately crisp outside or softer texture, you can bake, pan-fry or steam your fish for a delicious, crowd-pleasing dinner.
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- Sea bass fillets: Make sure to refrigerate your fish in the original leak-proof container immediately after purchase. Don't store fresh fish for any longer than one to two days, Purdue University recommends.
- 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice.
- Seasonings of choice: Salt, pepper, parsley or garlic are great options.
How to Cook Sea Bass in the Oven
Baking your fish in the oven will produce a similar result to frying but requires less oil, making it a healthier option. Cooking time is also shorter and won't require turning or constant attention.
- Pre-heat your oven: Pre-heat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, line a pan with a baking sheet
- Separate your fish: Separate your fish into smaller fillets and place them on tinfoil squares. Place your fish flat on the lined pan.
- Add seasoning: Season your fish to your liking with salt, pepper or any other options you prefer. You can sprinkle some lemon or lime juice on the fish prior to baking.
- Bake your bass: Once pre-heating is complete, place your fish in the oven and set a timer for about 20 to 25 minutes. You can also check on the fillets earlier to check the progress. Your fish will be complete when the top looks slightly brown and crispy.
How to Pan-Fry Bass
While oven-baking is one of the quickest ways to cook bass, you can also pan-fry your fish. This is an especially popular option if you're bringing it home freshly caught.
- Pre-heat your pan: Heat a pan with some vegetable oil at a medium temperature. Place your fish on the pan, arranging the fish with some added space between pieces.
- Fry your fish: Fry your bass at a medium temperature until one side turns light brown. Then, flip and repeat for the other side. The total frying time is about eight to 10 minutes.
How to Steam Bass
You can also steam your fish for an oil-free option. The steam will retain the flavor of the fish and seasonings can be added in.
- Boil water: Using a steam cooker or a deep pan with a tight lid and steamer rack, heat water to a boil.
- Add the fish: Place the fish on the rack and close the pan or steam cooker. Season to your preference. Steam the fish for five to 10 minutes before serving.