Grilled Sea Bass

When I went to the fish monger on Saturday, I bought a whole sea bass. Mom was surprised to see the whole fish last night, and dad and I had a good laugh about it. Dad kept singing “give me that fish” in the McDonald’s commercial voice.

Here is the recipe I used, via All Recipes:

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • 2 pounds sea bass
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1

    Preheat grill for high heat.

  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, and sea salt. Sprinkle seasonings onto the fish.

  • Step 3

    In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the garlic and parsley. Remove from heat when the butter has melted, and set aside.

  • Step 4

    Lightly oil grill grate. Grill fish for 7 minutes, then turn and drizzle with butter. Continue cooking for 7 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.

Dad helped me with the grill. Once we pulled the sea bass off, dad noticed the fish’s eye was clouded over. “Looks like he has glaucoma.”

“Do you have any eye drops?”

“No, let me call my friend. Maybe he can spare some eye drops for Mr. Fish.”

Dad and I chuckled. I love when food can bring people together. Making memories while cooking and eating.


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One thought on “Grilled Sea Bass”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Wow, that’s some sea bass, dear friend! The expression on his face tells me he’s not happy about being invited for dinner. 🙂 I also don’t think he appreciated you and your dad joking about his eye being clouded over and needing eye drops. 🙂 I like dishes prepared with garlic, onion, lemon, parsley and olive oil, and I am sure I would have enjoyed your fish dinner hot off the barbecue. I will share your recipe with Mrs. Shady. She and I often order sea bass at the Bonefish Grill, our favorite seafood restaurant down here. As I told you before, I could eat fish every single day because I prefer it to meat, especially red meat. I’m happy to know that you and your dad bonded over the preparation and eating of your grilled sea bass dinner.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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