One simple method of preparing sea bass is to combine one tablespoon olive oil, one teaspoon salt, two teaspoons ground black pepper and three garlic cloves, crushed or minced. Rub the mixture on the fish, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle one tablespoon of chopped parsley over the fish and bake for an additional five minutes. Drizzle the fillet with fresh-squeezed lemon juice before serving.
Sea bass refers to a broad range of saltwater fish that most commonly belongs to the grouper or bass family. Often, what is called white sea bass in many grocery stores or restaurants truly belongs to the drum family and is not actually a bass. However, most fish marketed as sea bass contains similarly low to moderate levels of fat and works well with a variety of cooking techniques.
Oven baking sea bass provides one of the simplest and most flexible methods of preparation. The recipe above can be considered complete as is, or can be modified based personal preference. For example, white wine can be added to the baking pan at the beginning of the baking process for added moisture and flavor. Alternatively, the rub can be modified to include a variety of different ingredients including citrus peel, ginger or soy sauce.
Bake the fish uncovered if a crispy outer layer is desired or enclose in a paper or aluminum foil pouch to retain additional moisture.