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Garlic Butter Sea Bass

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The Garlic Butter Sea Bass is an incredibly delicious and simple way to prepare fish on the grill! The garlic butter sauce adds a mild herb flavor to the fish. Serve this delectable grilled sea bass with your preferred vegetables or starch.

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What is Sea Bass?

Sea bass is a term used to describe a variety of fish that share similar physical characteristics, such as a long frame, a large mouth, and a broad or wide tail. As a result, there may be differences in flavor and texture among the different types of sea bass. For this recipe, we recommend using Chilean Sea Bass, which is known for its tender and flaky texture and buttery flavor. If this is not available in your area, Atlantic Sea Bass is a good alternative.

Ingredients

  • 4 Chilean sea bass fillets, sub with Atlantic
  • Butter
  • Fresh lemon juice (sub with white wine like sauvignon blanc)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh Italian parsley
  • Garlic (or Smoked Garlic)
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh herbs of choice for garnish

Cooking tips

  • Type of grill: Grill this garlic butter sea bass recipe for an outdoor flame-kissed flavor. Charcoal is favorable, but you can use a gas or pellet grill as well. As always, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cook times and temperature settings for fish.
  • Use a wood plank or cast-iron skillet: If you are new to grilling fish, use a cedar plank or seasoned cast-iron skillet for the job. You can also cook this sea bass in a cast-iron skillet in your oven at 375 degrees F. until it reaches an internal temperature between 135-140 degrees F.
  • Flip the fish: Use two spatulas to turn the fish. One to gently remove the fish from the grill grate, and the other to help stabilize and flip it over. It takes practice, and it might take a few tries to do it successfully. Just keep going!

How to make grilled sea bass

  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat, or 375 degrees F. Use a mild smoke producing wood or wood pellets for this recipe (alder, apple, etc.)
  • To prepare butter sauce: combine butter, lemon juice, garlic and parsley in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat once the butter has melted; about 1-2 minutes on the stove top. Set aside 1/4 cup of butter sauce for basting.
  • Brush fish with a little olive oil. Combine sea salt, onion powder, paprika, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Season well, and get the sides too.
  • Place fish on a well oiled grate and cook for 7 minutes. Brush with reserved butter sauce, flip (unless using a plank), close lid and cook for another 7 minutes until sea bass reaches an internal temperature of 140-45 degrees F.
  • Remove fish from grill, plate, and drizzle with remaining butter sauce before serving. Garnish with chopped diced tomatoes or your favorite fresh herb.

Recipe substitutions

  • Herbs: You can use another green or herb instead of parsley like arugula, oregano, or basil.
    Garlic powder: Don’t have fresh garlic cloves on hand? Use 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder per clove of garlic. For this sea bass recipe, you would use 1/4 teaspoon.
    Oil: Use a good quality extra virgin for the sauce.
  • Fish: Try this Chilean sea bass recipe with any white fish, including cod or halibut. The garlic butter sauce is delicious spooned over steamed or smoked seafood.

Serving sea bass

Serve this grilled sea bass dish with grilled vegetables, rice, quinoa, or salad. Store leftover fish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Reheat on the stove top in a skillet over medium heat, or in the microwave until warmed through.

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Grilled Garlic Butter Sea Bass

This is an incredibly delicious, yet simple way to prepare sea bass. The garlic butter sauce blends nicely with the mild flavor of this light and flaky fish. Serve with grilled vegetables or over the starch of your choice.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled fish recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 4 sea bass filets Atlantic or Chilean
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Irish butter
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 diced tomato or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herb of choice for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat, or 375 degrees F. Use a mild smoke producing wood or wood pellets for this recipe (alder, apple, etc.)
  • To prepare butter sauce: combine butter, lemon juice, garlic and parsley in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat once the butter has melted; about 1-2 minutes on the stove top. Set aside 1/4 cup of butter sauce for basting.
  • Blot fish dry with paper towels. Brush with a little olive oil. Combine sea salt, onion powder, paprika, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Season well, and get the sides too.
  • Place fish on a well oiled grate and cook for 7 minutes. Brush with reserved butter sauce, flip (unless using a plank), close lid and cook for another 7 minutes until sea bass reaches an internal temperature of 140-45 degrees F.
  • Remove fish from grill, plate, and drizzle with remaining butter sauce before serving. Garnish with chopped diced tomatoes or your favorite fresh herb.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

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