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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Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Rating: 3.44 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.

Grilled Striped Bass

Rating: 3.57 stars 278
We serve the fillets over our Corn and Clam Chowder Sauce, but they are also delicious on their own, with just a sprinkling of lemon juice.

Fish Chowder

Rating: 4.45 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.

Whole Roasted Sea Bass

Rating: 3.22 stars 78
This recipe for whole roasted sea bass is courtesy of Sam Hayward of Fore Street.

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.

Seafood Stew

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

Fish en Papillote

Rating: 3.28 stars 76
Cooking en papillote (in parchment) seals in the moisture of fish fillets, yielding a silken entree and perfectly crisp-tender vegetables.

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.

Oven-Roasted Fish and Mushrooms

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

Fish Fillet with Rosemary

Rating: 4 stars 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).

Seafood in Fennel Broth

An oven-simmered stew of clams, shrimp, and flaky white fish cooked makes a light, warm-weather dinner. The recipe calls for striped bass but cod, haddock, or snapper also work well.

Steamed Whole Fish

Rating: 3.75 stars 8
This light and healthy steamed whole fish recipe is part of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School."

Inspiration and Ideas

Bouillabaisse with Lobster
Rating: Unrated 1
Just a little bit of saffron helps gives this seafood stew its fragrance and beautiful hue.
Grilled Fish for Tacos
Rating: Unrated 99
Rather than double-fry it as they do in Baja, we rubbed ours with 3 spices and grilled it.
Broiled Striped Bass with Cauliflower and Capers

Another firm-fleshed fish, such as halibut or salmon, can be substituted for the striped bass. Broilers vary in heat intensity; move the rack to a lower position if the cauliflower or fish is browning too quickly, or to a higher rack if too slowly.