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Sea Bass with Coriander and Chilli Recipe

Recipe Overview

A simple way with sea bass, the fish is filled with fresh coriander and flavoured with cumin and chilli. This dish is perfect for bright suppers or dinner parties.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 kg whole sea bass, gutted and scaled
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt
For the dressing:
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp unrefined light muscovado
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5. Clean the sea bass, wiping it inside and out with kitchen paper.
  • Use a sharp knife to gently score the fish with 3–4 diagonal cuts on both sides. Stuff the inside of the fish with the fresh coriander.
  • Mix together the chillies, cumin seeds, olive oil and salt and rub this mixture all over the outside of the fish. Place the fish on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. The skin should crisp up nicely as the fish is not covered.
  • Check if the fish is cooked - the flesh should be opaque and feel firm to the touch. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes if necessary.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Once the fish is cooked, remove the fillets using two spoons and then drizzle a little dressing over each portion.


Source: The Happy Foodie