We are so lucky in Ireland in that we have so many good local food products on this island including meat, fish, vegetables and grains. All along our coastline an abundance of different fish is caught and brought to our local fishmongers the same day.
This is one of my favourite fish dishes. It makes a great midweek dinner but equally is perfect for a dinner party. It is so simple and elegant with a lovely depth of flavour.
This fish is cooked in about 5 minutes. I like to pan fry it with a little olive oil and butter. The butter browns a little and this adds to the flavour of the fish.
Served with steamed baby potatoes and green vegetables, it can be on the table in 30 minutes.
The sauce is a simple lemon, butter and capers sauce. Lemon and capers go so well with fish and the butter adds a lovely sheen and also adds great flavour.
Sea Bass in a Lemon, Caper Butter Sauce
- olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 sea bass fillets
- 1-2 tbsp capers
- 1 lemon (juice)
- 2 tbsp butter
- Season your fish with salt and pepper
- Heat a frying pan and add a little olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter
- Add the sea bass, skin side up and fry for 2-3 minutes. Season the skin side with salt and pepper
- Turn the sea bass over and fry skin side down for a further 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish
- Once the fish is done, remove it from the pan and add the capers and lemon juice and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove the pan from the hat and add the remaining 2 tbsp of butter and mix into the sauce.
- Add the fish back to the pan and turn on to a medium heat. Spoon the sauce over the fish and heat for 30 seconds.
- Serve on a big platter or individually on each plate. Steam some baby potatoes and green vegetables as as an accompaniment.