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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fish Chowder

Rating: 4.45 stars
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.

Fish en Papillote

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

Fish Fillet with Rosemary

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).

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.

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.

Oven-Roasted Fish and Mushrooms

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

Grilled Fish for Tacos

Rating: 3.7 stars
Rather than double-fry it as they do in Baja, we rubbed ours with 3 spices and grilled it.

Inspiration and Ideas

Seafood Stew

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

Steamed Whole Fish

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