Bass Recipes

Mild and firm-fleshed, here you'll find great broiled, grilled, roasted, and steamed sea bass, black bass, and striped bass recipes that work perfectly with roasted root vegetables like potatoes or tossed in a tomato-based stew.

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Grilled Striped Bass

Rating: 3.5 stars 278
Our favorite striped bass recipe calls for filets of striper. You cook them simply on the grill with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and fresh oregano or thyme. Garnish with wedges of lemon and chopped chives for serving. This recipe also works well with other firm, white-flesh fish such as black sea bass, trout, or grouper.

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Rating: 3.5 stars 518
This seafood stew, an impressive crowd-pleaser, can be prepared ahead of time and finished just 15 minutes before you serve it. If you leave out the crab legs, use an additional 8 ounces of white fish to keep the stew hearty.

Sauteed Black Sea Bass With Capers and Herb-Butter Sauce

Letting a fillet sizzle in a pan with butter, capers, and fresh herbs is one highly civilized way to get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Go with sea bass, trout, or snapper-or any flaky white fish with a thin skin that will get super-crispy in the pan.

Fish Chowder

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This comforting bowl of chowder uses the natural starches found in russet potatoes to provide body, while a touch of heavy cream adds a velvety richness. The result is a naturally gluten-free soup with a light, creamy consistency that lets more delicate flavors like shallots and fish shine through.

Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica

Salsa rustica is an Italian-inspired blend of fresh herbs, capers, vinegar, and oil. Here, it's made with parsley and used to dress a sheet-pan supper of meaty sea-bass fillets, warm spinach, and garlicky sweet potatoes.

Grilled Fish for Tacos

Rating: 3.5 stars 99
Rather than double-fry it as they do in Baja, we rubbed ours with 3 spices and grilled it.

Whole Roasted Sea Bass

Rating: 3 stars 78
This recipe for whole roasted sea bass is courtesy of Sam Hayward of Fore Street.

Fish en Papillote

Rating: 3.5 stars 76
Cooking en papillote (in parchment) seals in the moisture of fish fillets, yielding a silken entree and perfectly crisp-tender vegetables.

Oven-Roasted Fish and Mushrooms

Rating: 3.5 stars 12
Flavorful mushrooms, fresh herbs, and olive oil are healthy ways to enhance lean fish.

Grilled Garlic-Lime Fish Tacos

Rating: 3.5 stars 115
The ultimate summer food, these fish tacos are refreshing and so easy to make. Pile white-fleshed fish fillets into a tortilla and top with homemade corn salsa. Don't forget a squeeze of lime!

Halibut in Parchment

Rating: 5 stars 1
Steaming fish "en papillote" is a French technique, but with cilantro, ginger, sesame oil, and rice vinegar, you can put a Southeast Asian-inspired twist on the classic Halibut in Parchment dish.

Seafood Stew

Rating: 3.5 stars 52
This brothy seafood supper is both light and satisfying -- and ready in under 30 minutes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Fish Fillet with Rosemary
Rating: Unrated 11
Any firm-fleshed white fish is the perfect vehicle for this deep-flavored, earthy sauce; you can also try it with fresh sea scallops. If you don't want to flour the fish, place all the ingredients in a parchment paper or foil pouch and bake in the oven instead.From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
Emeril's Fish Provencal
Rating: Unrated 104
My wife, Alden, is a big fan of fish prepared this way. It's a perfect method for grilling fragile fillets, and with the vegetables you've got an all-in-one meal!
Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans

Any flaky white fish, like hake or cod, can be substituted for sea bass.