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.

Staff Picks

Grilled Striped Bass

Rating: 3.57 stars
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.

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Rating: 3.44 stars
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.

Whole Roasted Sea Bass

Rating: 3.22 stars
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.

Halibut in Parchment

Rating: 5 stars
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.

Fish Fillet with Rosemary

Rating: 4 stars
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
Flavorful mushrooms, fresh herbs, and olive oil are healthy ways to enhance lean fish.

Fish en Papillote

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

Seafood Stew

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

Grilled Garlic-Lime Fish Tacos

Rating: 3.72 stars
Have ice-cold beer, a pitcher of margaritas, or freshly squeezed limeade on hand to serve with these fish tacos that make the perfect summer party food.

Steamed Whole Fish

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

Inspiration and Ideas

Grilled Fish for Tacos
Rating: Unrated
Rather than double-fry it as they do in Baja, we rubbed ours with 3 spices and grilled it.
Emeril's Fish Provencal
Rating: Unrated
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!

Whole Fish with Mint

Mint is no longer for sweet dishes -- try this bright herb in a fish dish for a dinner that feels special.