Pushing the Boat Out with Sea Bass

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that this recipe is a variation on a previous one but it’s rather more indulgent.

This time I’ve used a whole filleted fish for each person, so no chance of bringing it in as a ‘shoestring’ recipe.

I’ve tried a variety of different fillings for the sea bass and have found this one works particularly well as it doesn’t overpower the flavour of the fish.

Preparation time:

Half an hour

You will need:

  • A sea bass for each person (in this case, two)img_20170204_174054048
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Olives, (I used black)
  • Fresh herbs (basil and parsley)
  • Red pepper
  • Olive oil (I used oil with added garlic)
  • Giant couscous (about half a cup)
  • Onion (small)
  • Peas (frozen)
  • Water or stock
  • Balsamic vinegar (drizzle)
  • Honey (small dollop)
  • Seasonings
  • Salad


  • Rehydrate the tomatoes and pop in a food processor with chopped olives, oil, seasonings and herbs
  • Stuff each sea bass, sprinkle a little finely chopped red pepper on top
  • Make two separate parcels with slightly greased foil so that the skin doesn’t stick
  • Cook for twenty minutes in a moderate oven
  • Just before you put the fish in the oven, heat a slightly oiled pan and gently fry giant couscous for two or three minutes
  • Add peas, onion, honey, balsamic vinegar and seasonings
  • After another minute, add water or stock gradually (in the same way as a risotto)
  • Put the fish in the oven at this point and it will be cooked at the same time as the couscous.

I served the dish with a simple salad.  If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it!

Next time, I will probably make a sauce and serve it with new potatoes.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.



About jhbooksblog

Hello - I'm Julie Haiselden, an occasional NHS med sec/practice administrator. Mother of three, wife of one, a chaotic cook and published crime/thriller novelist who blogs a bit about books, life and food. School alumna. Occasional am-dram actress/director. I enjoy walking and photography (although my enthusiasm outweighs my skill set). I've recently joined the reviewing team at Whispering Stories and can be found via the following social media sites: http://whisperingstories.com/meet-the-team/ https://twitter.com/juliehaiselden https://www.facebook.com/juliehaiseldenbooks https://www.goodreads.com/ I also accept a few hard copy novels to review.
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