Let’s get this out of the way, I’m well aware the picture in this post isn’t great. I mean, who knew it would be so difficult to take an appetizing picture of fish? Okay, probably any food blogger out there! Add to that you have people yapping in your ear to hurry up so they can eat! <sigh> I guess I’ll just have to accept I won’t be showing my photos in a gallery any time soon. Ah well…..moving past my photography fail…..
For the record I’m not a huge seafood fan. I don’t care for sushi, crab is “eh”, and yes, I’m a New Englander that doesn’t like lobster (I should be shunned I know). It’s probably because growing up my parents didn’t eat much seafood themselves so I suppose I never really got a taste for it. It’s true that your palate can change or rather develop over time but when it comes to seafood my palate must be stuck at underdeveloped. I have tried different seafood dishes over the years and some have been fairly tasty but still, if I have the choice between fish or steak, its steak for me hands down! Which only means if I’m posting a seafood recipe it has to be something good! And this Black Sea Bass is exactly that – very good!
My husband has a friend at work that is a devoted fisherman and we are lucky that he more than happily shares his catch. Just the other day he sent over five Sea Bass fillets so these babies were about as fresh as you can get! What I enjoy most about the Sea Bass is that it doesn’t have that strong “fishy” taste – which I find quite off-putting. You know how people always say “it tastes like chicken”? Well I won’t say it – but in this case it’s true! My favorite way to prepare this fish is either pan fried or grilled with a few simple seasonings. Oil, seasoning and lemon – what could be easier? If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal this fish is ready in about 15 minutes. Add rice or a salad and viola – dinner is served!
Ultimately, even though the picture doesn’t do this dish any justice it truly is extremely good. Feel free to ignore the picture but try the fish! You won’t be sorry!
Black Sea Bass
5 Black Sea Bass fillets
1 tbsp Sunflower oil
Lemon pepper seasoning blend (I use Mrs. Dash)
Rinse fillets and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle each fillet, both sides, with salt, pepper and lemon pepper seasoning. Season to taste.
Preheat pan. Add oil ensuring the entire pan is coated so the fish doesn’t stick. If using a grill, wipe the oil on the grates several times making sure grates are coated.
When pan is hot, add fillets. My pan is large enough for all five at once but cook in batches if your pan is smaller. You don’t want to crowd the pan. Cook for 6-7 minutes then flip and cook for another 6-7 minutes.
Transfer to plate and squeeze lemon over fillets.