Friday, 13 September 2013

Pan Fried Sea Bass with Garlic, Cumin and Bacon

A real classic with a HUGE health twist. Normally Friday calls for Fish and Chips, but not today. Forget the fatty batter and replace with a huge smack of flavour that will leave your wallet, tongue and hips (or lack thereof) doing backflips!

Serves 2
Calorie Count:
430 per serving

4 Rashers of Bacon
2 Fillets of Sea Bass
A clove of garlic
2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
2 knobs of butter
Olive Oil
Chips or Salad

Bass is a wonderfully meaty fish, that is so so variable and responds well with a little kick of flavour.
Start my getting a large pan really nice and hot, and add a little olive oil.
Finely chop a clove of garlic. Remember, cut your garlic in half first, then leave this for two minutes. This will allow all of that "pungent and garlicky" smell to go, and and leave the lovely deep flavour!

Toss in your cumin seeds, then snip up your bacon into tiny cubes or chunks and add these. Now add your butter, this will pick up ALL of the flavours and create a powerful juice for your fish to soak up like a big old meaty sponge!

Once your bacon has started to brown, (which should take about a minute considering the size of the pieces and heat of the pan), place your bass in the pan, skin side down.

Use a teaspoon to generously baste the fish and distribute the contents of the pan. Tip your pan slightly to get all of the juices to one edge, but remember to keep it on the heat!

After about four minutes, flip your fish and do the same again for another four minutes.
Feel free to then serve this up with chips, jerk rice or an even healthier choice of a peppery rocket salad!
I hope you've all had a very productive weekend everyone. Please remember to keep leaving comments, you drive me and inspire me and I HUGELY appreciate all of your feedback!



  1. Now I'm definitely not going to pretend that I don't like fish in batter, but I do tend to prefer something a bit healthier these days. This will do me very well indeed. Sea bass is such a lovely fish and I'd certainly like some with the jerk rice right now.

  2. Bacon, butter and you didn't even make your own chips. Healthy. Should probably include the sat fat amount, not the calories. Or salt..

  3. Yum, the combination of the bacon and cumin seeds would give this bass a nice flavour!

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