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Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass

Seabass with herbs and spices

Looking for a simple yet impressive dish packed with flavor and health benefits? Look no further than Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass! This recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the taste of fresh fish without the hassle.

Why Fish is a Great Choice

Fish is a fantastic addition to a balanced diet. It’s generally low in calories and high in protein, making it a great source of essential nutrients. Sea bass, in particular, is a versatile fish that readily absorbs the flavors of herbs and spices. It’s also known for being easy to cook and clean, with minimal fishy odor.

Tips for Preparing Your Fish

  • Cleaning: While you can trust your fishmonger to clean most of the fish, a quick double-check ensures there are no stray scales. I recommend giving your fish a lemon or lime bath to further reduce any fishy smell.
  • Drying: After cleaning, pat your fish dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This allows for better browning and crisping during baking.
  • Freshness Matters: Always choose fresh, firm fish. Sea bass is a great option, but feel free to substitute with another firm, white-fleshed fish like cod or halibut.

Adding Layers of Flavor

This recipe is all about layering flavor. We’ll use a generous amount of fresh herbs and spices like parsley, garlic, thyme, tarragon, chives, bay leaves, oregano, and herbes de provence. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own favorite herb combinations!

Seabass with Herbs and Spices
Seabass with Herbs and Spices

The Recipe: Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass

This recipe features fresh sea bass as the main protein source. It is seasoned generously with a variety of fresh herbs and spices. Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients:

  • Fresh Herbs: Parsley, thyme, tarragon, and chives bring a bright and aromatic flavor to the dish.
  • Aromatics: Garlic adds a savory depth of flavor.
  • Spices: Bay leaves, peppercorns, oregano, and Berbes de Provence (or Italian seasoning) provide a complex and warm spice profile.
  • Acidity: Lemon or lime juice is used to clean the fish and adds a touch of acidity to balance the flavors.
  • Fat: Olive oil helps to cook the fish and keeps it moist.
  • Salt (Optional): The recipe acknowledges that salt can be added to taste, but it can be omitted for those following a low-sodium diet.
Seabass with herbs and spices
Sea bass with herbs and spices

This Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass offers a delicious canvas for a variety of pairings. Here are some ideas to consider:

Starchy Sides:

  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasting vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or sweet potatoes brings out their natural sweetness and complements the savory fish. You can toss them with olive oil, herbs, and spices for additional flavor.
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy garlic mashed potatoes provide a comforting and filling base for the fish.
  • Quinoa or Rice: Opt for a lighter option like fluffy quinoa or rice pilaf to soak up the flavorful pan juices.

Salads:

  • Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette: A simple arugula salad with a bright lemon vinaigrette cuts through the richness of the fish.
  • Greek Salad: A classic Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta cheese adds a refreshing and flavorful counterpoint.

Other Pairings:

  • Crusty bread: Freshly baked crusty bread is perfect for mopping up the delicious pan sauce.
  • Roasted Lemon Wedges: Roasted lemon wedges add a burst of acidity and a touch of elegance to the plate.

Remember to consider the following when choosing your pairings:

  • Seasonality: Opt for seasonal vegetables for the freshest flavor and best value.
  • Dietary Needs: If following a specific diet, choose sides that complement those restrictions.
  • Flavor Profile: Pick pairings that enhance the flavors of the fish without overpowering it.

With this Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass as your main course, you have a variety of options to create a delicious and satisfying meal!

Seabass with herbs and spices
Sea bass with herbs and spices

This Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass is a healthy and delicious dish that’s sure to impress your family and friends. Remember, you can substitute the sea bass with any other firm, white-fleshed fish you prefer. With its simplicity and versatility, this recipe is sure to become a regular in your meal plan.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/394060-are-bass-fish-healthy-to-eat/

http://www.chefs-resources.com/seafood/finfish/sea-bass-varieties/

Branzino Dish

Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass

Want a healthy and flavorful fish recipe? This Easy and Flavorful Baked Herbed Sea Bass is packed with fresh herbs, spices, and easy to make! Enjoy it with roasted veggies or a light salad for a complete meal.
Prep Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean, Caribbean Fusion
Servings 4
Calories 526 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium size Sea bass about 5 – 6 pounds
  • 1 lemon or lime + 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 – 8 large sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 – 6 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 – 6 sprigs of fresh Tarragon
  • A small bunch of chives about .75 ounces
  • 6 bay leaves fresh preferably
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons herbes de provence or Italian seasoning
  • Salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Clean the fish by removing scales and fins, etc…. leave the heads on. Prepare a lemon/lime bath. Fill up with water a bowl that is large enough to hold both Sea Bass. Squeeze the juice of one lemon or lime in the water and place both fish in the bath. Let soak for about 5- 7 minutes. Remove, rinse in cold water, pat dry and set aside.
  • In a baking dish, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and spread half of the herbs and spices inside the dish.
    Branzino Dish
  • Place the fish on top of the herbs and spices and cover with remaining herbs and spices. Drizzle one tablespoon over sea bass. Season the cavities with salt if preferred. (my preference is without salt because we follow a low to no sodium diet)
    Branzino Dish
  • Cover and place in refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours.
  • Remove dish from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon juice over fish. Cover bowl with aluminum foil if not already. Placed in oven and bake covered for 10 minutes and uncovered for 15 minutes – longer depending on size. Check the fish for doneness.
    Branzino Dish
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 – 7 minutes. Remove herbs and spices and fish from dish. Place fish in serving dish and garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Tips for Preparing Your Fish

  • Cleaning: While you can trust your fishmonger to clean most of the fish, a quick double-check ensures there are no stray scales. I recommend giving your fish a lemon or lime bath to further reduce any fishy smell.
  • Drying: After cleaning, pat your fish dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This allows for better browning and crisping during baking.
  • Freshness Matters: Always choose fresh, firm fish. Sea bass is a great option, but feel free to substitute with another firm, white-fleshed fish like cod or halibut.

Adding Layers of Flavor

This recipe is all about layering flavor. We’ll use a generous amount of fresh herbs and spices like parsley, garlic, thyme, tar

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 81gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 360mgSodium: 315mgPotassium: 1304mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 755IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 167mgIron: 8mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Originally published on October 5, 2016. Revised and updated.

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