Crisp sea bass with grapefruit hollandaise

Crisp sea bass with grapefruit hollandaise

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4
Citrus cuts through the buttery richness of this classic sauce, and complements lots of different fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal380
  • fat31g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp coriander seed (optional)
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  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp double cream
  • 4 x 100g sea bass fillets
  • 2 tsp oil
  • steamed greens, to serve


  1. Put the vinegar, peppercorns and coriander seeds (if using) into a small pan with 1 tbsp water. Simmer until reduced to 1 tsp, then remove from the heat. If it reduces too much, add a splash of water.

  2. Segment the grapefruit and put the segments onto kitchen paper. Squeeze the juice from the middle of the fruit.

  3. Melt the butter in a small pan and keep it warm. Put the egg yolks into a blender or food processor with a generous pinch of salt. Strain the reduced vinegar on top, then discard the pepper and coriander seeds. Add 1 tsp grapefruit juice, then whizz for a few seconds.

  4. With the motor on the blender running, pour in about 1 tbsp butter and the cream. Gradually add the rest of the butter, allowing it to fully emulsify after each addition to make a thick, smooth sauce. Keep the butter warm on the hob in-between pours. Add 1 tsp more grapefruit juice to loosen, then season. Stir in the segmented grapefruit and break it up a little. Keep the sauce warm while you cook the fish.

  5. Slash, then season the sea bass. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Heat the oil, then fry a fillet or two, skin-side down, for 4-5 mins, or until the flesh has changed colour almost all the way through and the skin is crisp. Flip the fish over, cook for 30 secs, then remove to a plate and keep warm while you fry the remaining fillets. Serve with the hollandaise and steamed greens.

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21st Jan, 2016
So this is a recipe about sauce then.
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