Pan Fried Sea Bass with Lemon Garlic Herb Sauce (2022)

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This Pan Fried Sea Bass with Lemon Garlic Herb Sauce is a 20 minute, one-pan, budget-friendly Mediterranean recipe that’s perfect on busy weeknights.

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This Pan Fried Sea Bass recipe is a wonderful way to eat a mild, affordable fish, and it’s packed with flavor from fresh oregano, thyme, and parsley. It’s especially great if you have an abundance of fresh herbs in your garden you need to use up! (raises hand)

Originally, I was planning on doing a lemon caper sauce, similar to chicken piccata. But lo and behold, when I arrived at my refrigerator, I realized I was out of capers.

After some quick thinking and wandering around outside, I decided on a lemony, garlicky, fresh herb sauce instead.

SO happy I was out of capers. This turned out wonderfully!

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How to Pan-Fry Sea Bass

If you’ve ever made chicken piccata before, the process for this is very similar. First, pat the fish dry. It’s important that most of the moisture is removed from the fish, so it gets a nice brown color on the outside.

Nextdredge the fish in a mixture of all-purpose flour, kosher salt, and black pepper. Dredging simply means coating it in the flour mixture, and shaking off any excess. You should have a nice, thin coat of flour, salt, and pepper that covers every square inch of the surface of the fish.

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Then, cook the fish in a mixture of olive oil and butter.

Why both, you ask?

The butter gives it a rich, golden color, while the olive oil makes it crispy. Mixing the two is my favorite way to pan-fry almost anything.

The fish will only take about 3-4 minutes to cook on each side, if you are using thin pieces of sea bass(I used frozen Barramundi).Once they’re finished, set them aside on a plate.

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How to make the lemon garlic herb sauce

The sauce is made in the same pan in which you cooked the fish.

First, add some white wine to deglaze the skillet. I recommend a dry white wine, such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. Immediately after you add it, use a wooden spoon to help stir up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Then, continue heating over medium-high heat until almost all the liquid has evaporated.

Then, add a little more butter to the skillet and heat until it’s melted.

Add some finely minced garlic and a mixture of fresh chopped herbs to the pan– I used oregano, thyme, and parsley. Sauté until fragrant, only about 30 seconds. You don’t want the garlic to burn.

Finally, add some chicken stock(or vegetable stock, or water, if you don’t have any),heat until it’s bubbling, then turn off the heat and add some lemon juice and a little more butter.

This lemon garlic herb sauce is SO GOOD. It would be great on chicken, steak, salmon, plain on a spoon, mixed into pasta… the possibilities are endless.

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Tips and Tricks

  • I used a heavy stainless steel skillet (specifically, this Calphalon one– my favorite!) for this- it works well for pan sauces and deglazing. You can use a well seasoned cast iron skillet or a nonstick skillet as well.
  • Can’t find sea bass at your grocery store? Try the frozen fish section- I used Barramundi. If you can’t find it there, any other kind of mild white fish will do.
  • Play around with the sauce! Add capers or olives at the end, or use a different mix of herbs such as dill, cilantro, and/or chives.

Try these other easy fish recipes:

  • Flounder with Fresh Lemon Pepper
  • Southern-Style Oven-Fried Catfish
  • 15-Minute Perfect Poached Salmon with Chive Butter
  • One-Pan Garlic Butter Salmon and Swiss Chard
  • Instant Pot Fish Stew
  • Six-Minute Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

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Pan Fried Sea Bass with Lemon Garlic Herb Sauce

This pan fried sea bass with lemon garlic herb sauce is packed with flavor from fresh herbs. It's a delicious 20 minute Mediterranean recipe that's perfect for a busy weeknight!

4.97 from 464 votes

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Course: Seafood

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

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Calories: 318kcal

Author: Elizabeth Lindemann

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. sea bass such as barramundi
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more if needed
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine such as savignon blanc
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock/broth or water, in a pinch
  • juice of one lemon about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • lemon wedges for serving optional

Instructions

  • Pat the fish dry with a paper towel.

  • In a shallow dish, mix together the flour (1/4 cup), salt (1 teaspoon), and black pepper (1/2 teaspoon).

  • Dredge each piece of fish in the flour mixture, coating the entire surface, and shake off any excess.

  • In a large skillet, preferably stainless steel or nonstick, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium high heat and add the olive oil (1 tablespoon).

  • Cook the fish in the skillet for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and fully cooked. Try not to move the fish too much, especially if you are using a pan that isn't nonstick, otherwise the fish may be more likely to stick to the bottom and not get browned as nicely.

  • Remove fish from the skillet to a plate.

  • Turn down the heat to low. Add the white wine (1/4 cup) to the skillet to deglaze, stirring up any browned bits. Continue heating until almost all the wine has evaporated.

  • Add one more tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Once it's melted, add the minced garlic (2 cloves) and fresh herbs (1 tablespoon each of oregano, thyme, and parsley)to the skillet and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

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  • Add the chicken broth (1/2 cup) and bring to a simmer. If sauce seems very thin, continue simmering until reduced and thicker to your liking.

  • Turn off heat and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  • Serve sauce on top of fish.

Notes

  • For a paleo option, you can use almond flour or coconut flour instead of all purpose flour, and or more olive oil instead of butter.
  • For a dairy-free option, substitute the butter with more olive oil or ghee.
  • I used oregano, parsley, and thyme because it's what was growing in my garden. You can feel free to use other fresh herbs- dill, basil, or cilantro would be delicious as well!
  • Sea bass comes in all kinds of different thicknesses. You may have to adjust the cooking time if yours are especially thick- mine were thin.
  • To help reduce food waste, you may be able to reduce the amount of flour in the dredge, but it's easier to coat if you have more flour available.
  • The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using thiscalculatoror by adding the recipe toYummly.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 480mg | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition Information Disclaimer

The provided nutrition information is my best estimate and does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information. Feel free to calculate it yourself using one of these tools:

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This Pan Fried Sea Bass with Lemon Garlic Herb Sauce recipe first appeared on Bowl of Delicious in August, 2017. It’s been updated to include clearer instructions, tips and tricks, and ingredient substitutions.

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FAQs

How does Gordon Ramsay pan fry sea bass? ›

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How do you pan fry sea bass Jamie Oliver? ›

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Should you Season sea bass before frying? ›

To ensure crispy skin, dry the fillets with kitchen roll before seasoning them with salt. Don't put too much oil into the frying pan and make sure it has a chance to get hot before adding the fillets.

How long does it take to pan fry sea bass fillets? ›

Pan-fry. Pan-frying fish fillets is quick and easy. Heat a little olive oil and butter in a pan and add fillets. Cook the fillets for 2-3 minutes on each side and a whole fish for 8 to 10 minutes on each side.

What is the best cooking technique for seabass? ›

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How long does it take to cook sea bass? ›

Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and thyme and season the sea bass with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle all over the fish, tucking into the slashes. Put into oven and roast uncovered for about 20-30 mins – the flesh should feel firm to the touch and should be flaky and white.

Do you wash sea bass before cooking? ›

You do not need to wash sea bass prior to cooking it. As we discussed above; when you buy a whole sea bass you should ask your fishmonger to clean it out for you, however, this is referring to removing the innards of the fish rather than cleaning it in the traditional sense.

How does Jamie Oliver cook sea bass? ›

Score the fish on each side. Peel and finely chop the garlic, deseed and finely chop the chilli, then rub all over the fish with the lemon zest. Season with sea salt and black pepper, then slice the lemon into rounds and place 2 to 3 slices inside each fish cavity. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked.

How do you know when sea bass is cooked? ›

The best way to tell if your fish is done is by testing it with a fork at an angle, at the thickest point, and twist gently. The fish will flake easily when it's done and it will lose its translucent or raw appearance. A good rule of thumb is to cook the fish to an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees.

What goes nice with sea bass? ›

So, what should you serve with sea bass? Sea bass goes best with potatoes, salads, grilled veggies, lemon rice, roasted carrots and dill, quinoa, mashed potatoes, and over-baked sweet potato fries. The best way to compliment the mild flavor of sea bass is with some veggies and mashed potatoes.

Is pan fried sea bass healthy? ›

Pan fried sea bass is a simple, healthy and tasty fish entree that you can prepare in less than 10 minutes. The perfect choice for quick and easy weeknight dinners!

How do you keep sea bass from sticking to the pan? ›

"Heating your pan properly is a key factor for keeping your fish from sticking and will give you a flavorful crust. Heat your pan on a medium-high heat, then add a small amount of oil or clarified butter. When the fat is shimmering, the pan is hot enough to add your protein.

Does pan fried sea bass have bones? ›

We leave the skin on to help keep the large flakes of the seabass flesh together during the cooking process, but we make sure that it's descaled and free from bones so you have no prep to do. Pan-fried, roasted or poached, the delicate flavour of seabass will bring an element of luxury to any meal.

How do you prepare bass? ›

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How does Gordon Ramsay pan sear fish? ›

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How does Jamie Oliver cook sea bass? ›

Score the fish on each side. Peel and finely chop the garlic, deseed and finely chop the chilli, then rub all over the fish with the lemon zest. Season with sea salt and black pepper, then slice the lemon into rounds and place 2 to 3 slices inside each fish cavity. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked.

Do you eat sea bass skin? ›

Yes, you can safely eat sea bass skin. Keeping the skin on when cooking can actually protect the flesh from getting torn or flaking apart. The skin will be most pleasant to eat if it is nice and crispy, it is best to pan-fry it in oil to get this desired crispy texture.

What's the real name for Chilean sea bass? ›

What's in a name? Although Chilean sea bass is from the waters near Chile and is technically a sea bass, it's real name is Patagonian toothfish.

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