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Local Sea Bass

Santa Barbara Channel Sea Bass + Ojai Pepper Jelly Fan
Local Sea Bass

Easy to make. Mild, white fish.
Serves 4-6
Preheat oven to 350º
Cooking time; about 30-35 minutes

4-6 fresh Sea Bass steaks, boned
1 large brown onion, sliced in 1/2″ thick discs
2-3 Fresh Lemons- 1 sliced in discs & seeded (cook with), 1 or 2 cut in wedges (garnish with)
1/2 c. Asiago or Parmesan Cheese- grated
1/2 c. Sharp White Cheddar Cheese- grated
1/3 c. Safflower Mayonnaise
1/3 c. Dill Pickle juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 t. fresh or dried dill
splash of caper or green olive brine
Garnish: sprig of fresh fresh dill & serve with fresh lemon wedges

Place enough foil on a 2″ deep (or larger) baking dish to enclose the finished product
(about 10″x12″).
Drizzle foil with a little olive oil.
Place the sliced onion discs on the foil, enough to cover the bottom of the dish.
Lay Sea Bass steaks on top of the onion.
Mix the grated cheeses, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, dill, & pickle juice.
Cover Sea Bass with cheese mixture.
Place a few thin lemon slices on top of cheese mixture.
Bring together sides of the foil & seal into a tent, leaving a small air space on top.
Bake until the fish is white throughout- 30-35 minutes.
Unwrap. While it rests a moment, freshen it up by removing the baked lemon slices.
Garnish each individual plate with a fresh sprig of dill & a lemon wedge.
Serve immediately.

Delicious with rice, white wine risotto + fresh vegetable & a light green salad.


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