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
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: 4.5 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans

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

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).

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!

Inspiration and Ideas

Steamed Whole Fish
Rating: 4 stars 8

This light and healthy steamed whole fish recipe is part of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School."