Baked sea bass with lemon caper dressing

Baked sea bass with lemon caper dressing

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(64 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

This elegant, gluten-free main is special enough for a dinner party, yet simple and quick to make for no fuss entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal196
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 4 x 100g/4oz sea bass fillets
  • olive oil, for brushing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

For the caper dressing

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • grated zest 1 lemon, plus 2 tbsp juice



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tbsp small capers
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 2 tsp gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus a few extra leaves (optional)


  1. To make the dressing, mix the oil with the lemon zest and juice, capers, mustard, some seasoning and 1 tbsp water. Don't add the parsley yet (unless serving straight away) as the acid in the lemon will fade the colour if they are left together for too long.

  2. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and put the fish, skin-side up, on top. Brush the skin with oil and sprinkle with some flaky salt. Bake for 7 mins or until the flesh flakes when tested with a knife. Arrange the fish on warm serving plates, spoon over the dressing and scatter with extra parsley leaves, if you like.

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18th Jun, 2020
Quick and tasty! Had 20 minutes to throw dinner together and made this. It was absolutely delicious and I think will become a regular. Plus, it helped use up some capers which had been languishing in the fridge for months...
25th May, 2020
Made this tonight, really quick, light and fresh tasting, perfect summer supper. Had it with the saute potatoes in the pic, lovely.
6th Apr, 2020
A brilliantly simple, healthy and tasty meal. Perfect for a hot summers day. My kids also loved this, which is very rare as they are a fussy little bunch.
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7th Mar, 2020
We cooked the sea bass and spinach and made the caper sauce exactly as per the recipe but we ate ours with baby new potatoes - and I have to say that I enjoyed the whole meal more than I've enjoyed a meal for months and months!
17th Aug, 2019
Good recipe. However misread the recipe the first time and poured the dressing on before cooking. Read it properly this time, but think cooking in the dressing actually worked better. Still good the proper way, but not really as good as the misread. Easy either way.
18th Dec, 2018
Yummy and so easy
6th Feb, 2018
This is such an easy dish to make, packed full of flavour. The dijon mustard gives the dressing a really nice kick. I served it with creamed spinach and minted new potatoes, which complemented the fish well.
4th Jul, 2017
This was my first serious attempt at cooking fish and I thought the recipe looked simple enough so I gave it a go! It did not disappoint, very easy but the results were fantastic, very tasty sauce.
14th May, 2017
Very nice recipe, tasted great!
8th Mar, 2017
simple and tasty.


Bluepanther's picture
4th Jan, 2019
How far ahead can you prepare the dressing?
goodfoodteam's picture
6th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. It's fine to prepare this a few days in advance without the parsley.
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