Free Food….Fresh Line Caught Sea bass

We had a lovely day yesterday, sent Youngest off with a bag full of Treats and have arranged for an online grocery delivery to be dropped off tonight for him – well you have to help where you can πŸ˜‡

Anyway, when we got back home from taking Mum in law out, we found a present hung in our porch – a freshly caught Sea Bass around 3lb in weight – a gift from a friend who knows we live a bit of fish.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of it before Hubby ‘dressed’ it for us, but it was a beaut.


To do this gorgeous fish justice, I am taking advice from Rick Stein and using this recipe Β Baked Sea Bass

I am not cooking it whole, as Hubby had already filleted it, all I needed to do was trim and bone check it.

I started by preheating the oven to 200 then finely slicing 2 medium potatoes and par boiling them for a few minutes till tender. Β Lay then over the base of a oiled ovenproof dish.



Over the potato’s scatter 50g of anchovy fillets and 4 medium tomatoes, quartered and 4 roughly chopped red pepper ‘cheeks’. Β If you have it, soak a pinch of saffron in a little warm water and sprinkle over the potatoes, then 150ml chicken stock, 8 sliced garlic cloves and a good pinch of oregano. Season, then into the oven for 30 minutes.


Whilst this is cooking, prepare your fish, trim, check for bones, then rub olive oil, salt and pepper into the fillets, when the 30 minutes is up for the veg, add the fillets, skin side up and back into the oven for another 30 minutes.


Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice. Β Absolutely lush πŸ˜‹



Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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