Roast sea bass with chilli & lime leaves

Roast sea bass with chilli & lime leaves

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins - 15 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 4

If you like to offer guests something a bit special and impressive, this will be a winner

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
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For the thai dressing

  • 2 tbsp each sunflower oil, sesame oil and caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp each Thai fish sauce and rice wine vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

For the stuffing & fish

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 red onions, very thinly sliced
  • 2 fennel bulbs, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 lime leaves, very finely shredded
  • 4 tsp very finely chopped lemongrass
  • 5 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 x 675g/1½lb sea bass, descaled and filleted
  • 6 long outside leaves from spring onions or two knotted together, for tying (See 'try' below)

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  1. 1 Mix all the dressing ingredients together,then set aside.
  2. 2 Heat the oil, then fry the onions and fennel with the chilli, lime leaves and lemongrass for 10 mins, or until the onion and fennel are completely tender. Stir in the coriander.
  3. 3 Lay two of the fillets from each fish, skin side down, on a sheet of foil on a large baking tray with sides. Cover with the stuffing, then top with the matching fillets, skin side up. Tie the fillets together with spring onion (or string) and chill until ready to cook. You can do this on the morning of your dinner party.
  4. To serve: Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Spoon the dressing over the fish, then roast for 12-15 mins or until the fish is cooked. Serve with jasmine rice to soak up the delicious juices.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2007

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ghisli2000's picture
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I love this recipe! I have cooked it several times and it has never failed to be delicious nd cooked to perfection. It is a great dinner party recipe as it can all be prepared before hand then put in the oven for 15 minutes before serving.

becks80's picture
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We made this for 6 people...and there is a lot of fine chopping to be done. It actually took my boyfriend about 3 hours to get it all done (though between me and you I could have done it in a third of the time!). Def takes longer than it suggests...

Once cooked it was delicious!! 'Almost' worth the effort.