Bass: Seared Sea Bass with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

posted by Meryl 02-19-102 2:07 PM

Seared Sea Bass with Fresh Herbs and Lemon
This recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

1/3 cup mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, dill, and chives
2 sea bass fillets with skin (each about 7 ounces)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Chop herbs. Using tweezers, remove any bones from sea bass. Pat fillets dry and score just through skin in 4 places. Diagonally cut each fillet in half and season with salt and pepper.

In a heavy skillet heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter over moderately high heat until foam subsides and sear fish, skin sides down, about 3 minutes, or until skin is golden. Turn fish over and cook 2 minutes more, or until just cooked through. Transfer fish to 2 plates.

Remove skillet from heat and add wine to deglaze, scraping up any brown bits with a wooden spoon. Stir in lemon juice, herbs, remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over fish.

Serves 2.

November 1998
Quick Kitchen

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