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Whole Roasted Sea Bass

This recipe for whole roasted sea bass is courtesy of Sam Hayward of Fore Street.

  • Servings: 2
Whole Roasted Sea Bass

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2007


  • 2 whole sea bass (1 1/4 pounds), gutted, gilled, scaled, and fins removed
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Season the cavity and exterior of fish with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush with oil a baking dish that is just large enough to hold fish without crowding. Divide thyme, rosemary, and parsley evenly between each fish, and place inside cavity. Place 2 bay leaves in cavity of each fish, and place remaining 2 bay leaves in baking dish. Sprinkle scallions over and around fish; drizzle with olive oil.

  3. Transfer to oven and roast 15 minutes. Continue to roast, checking every few minutes, until the thickest part of the fish is just firm, about 5 minutes more.

  4. Drizzle fish with lemon juice and transfer to a cutting board; set baking dish aside. Working from the head to the tail, cut along backbone to separate the flesh from the bone. Carefully lift top fillet and transfer to a plate. Lift and discard bones. Gently lift second fillet to same plate. Repeat process with remaining fish. Drizzle with any pan juices before serving.

Reviews (1)

  • tippit 7 Oct, 2010

    Easy and great flavors!!! On my short of easy gourmet homecooked recipes. In New Jersey at local grocery each fish cost four dollars! Roasted asparagus with a drizzel of olive oil with salt/pepper in the same oven for about 12 minutes. Sliced portabellas in white wine and butter reduction completed my plate. Got a great bag of bay leaves at local Mexican market(inexpensive).

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