Whole roast sea bass Recipe

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plus 20 mins' resting time

Sea bass is a wonderfully fragrant, flavoursome fish that tastes fantastic when roasted. Guaranteed to impress


  • 1 x 1kg (2lb 3oz) whole sea bass, fresh or defrosted, scaled, cleaned and head removed
  • 15ml (1tbsp) sea salt
  • 2 lemons, 1 sliced and 1 juiced
  • 2 bunches of rosemary
  • 60ml (4tbsp) olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7).

  • Salt the inside and outside of the fish, then set aside for 20 mins. Rinse and pat dry.

  • Slash the skin of the bass in about three places on each side and insert the lemon slices. Place the herbs inside the fish, then transfer to a greased baking tray.

  • Heat the oil in a small pan and very gently cook the garlic for 1-2 mins, but do not allow to brown. Pour the oil and garlic on top of the fish.

  • Bake in the hot oven for 20 mins. Baste frequently with the oil and cook until the fish flakes easily and the skin is slightly crisp.

  • Pour the lemon juice over the bass, garnish with lemon slices and serve with a selection of vegetables.

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Top Tip

When buying fresh sea bass, make sure it smells fresh and not overly fishy. Flesh should give slightly when you press it with a finger - then spring back into shape.