Braised sea bass with spinach

Braised sea bass with spinach

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 50 mins Cook: 40 mins - 50 mins

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Serves 4
This simple but festive recipe will see you cooking sea bass in no time at all

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal126
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 2 red peppers, halved, deseeded
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 shallots, chopped



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 250g cherry or baby plum tomato, halved



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • small handful capers
    Capers in bowl



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

  • 12 large black olives, stoned and roughly chopped
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • 20 basil leaves
  • 50ml white wine
  • 100ml/3½ fl oz tomato juice
  • 2 whole sea bass, about 600-700g/1lb 5oz-1lb-9oz each, gutted, scaled and cleaned (get your fishmonger to do this)
  • large knob butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 250g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the grill to high. Put the peppers, skin side up, on a baking tray, then pop them under the hot grill for about 10 mins until the skins blister and blacken. Drop them into a bowl, cover with some cling film and leave until cool enough to handle. Peel away and discard the skins, then roughly chop the peppers.

  2. Heat the oil over a low-ish heat in a sturdy roasting tin or in a shallow pan that has a lid and is large enough to fit both fish. Throw in the shallots and garlic and sweat briefly until soft. Stir in the tomatoes, peppers, capers, olives and half the basil leaves, then sweat for a few mins until the tomatoes soften. Pour in the wine and tomato juice. Stir and gently simmer for 10-15 mins, adding a splash of water if the sauce becomes a bit dry.

  3. While the sauce is simmering, slash each side of the fish a few times. When the sauce is ready lay the fish on top, season if you want to and cover with a lid (cover with foil if you are using a roasting tray). Leave to cook on a low heat for 12-15 mins until the flesh feels firm when pressed.

  4. While the fish is cooking, melt the butter in a large pan, then fry the spinach until wilted, season if you like and divide the spinach between two serving dishes. Lift the fish carefully from the pan and place on top of the spinach, neatly drizzle some of the sauce round the fish, scatter the remaining basil on top and drizzle everything with extra-virgin olive oil. Serve with some ribbon shaped pasta, like tagliatelle or pappardelle, with the remaining sauce in a bowl or side dish.

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9th Sep, 2015
The main taste in this was tomatoes and everything else got a little bit lost! very healthy though...
7th Sep, 2012
Per serving 126 kcalories, protein 2g, carbohydrate 18g, fat 6 g, saturated fat 3g, fibre 4g, sugar 6g, salt 0.18 g this is obviously wrong I am supermad
9th Sep, 2015
It is not necessarily wrong! Fish is low in calories and the rest is vegetables, with only a very small amount of butter in the spinach...
26th Jun, 2010
Wonderful! Instead of pasta, I baked some potatoes in the oven with olive oil and ready-made spice mixture (fennel, dill, garlic, etc.), and then arranged the fish and the sauce on top of potatoes. I also made more sauce than suggested.
7th Oct, 2017
Should this recipe be changed in any way if I’m using fillets from a large Black Sea bass instead of a whole, smaller fish?
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11th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. You'll need to cook the fillets for a little less time so we'd suggest cooking the sauce for longer (around 20 mins), then once you've added the fillets taking the lid off from time to time to check whether they're done or need longer.
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