Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass Recipe
This pan seared Chilean Sea Bass recipe is incredibly tender and flavorful! This one pan 20 minute meal comes together quickly and easily. A simple lemon herb butter sauce takes this fish to the next level! This sea bass recipe is an easy, healthy and delicious meal that feels fancy.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This Chilean sea bass recipe is quick and easy to make.
- It is made in one skillet and takes only 20 minutes.
- This is the best way to cook Chilean sea bass!
- The sear from the pan gives the fish a crispy crunchy skin.
- This meal feels sophisticated and fancy, but it is incredibly straightforward and simple.
- This recipe is Whole30 compliant, Paleo, gluten free, sugar free, Keto and low carb.
- Check out this Blackened Mahi Mahi or this Baked Tilapia for another great seafood recipe!
What is Chilean Sea Bass?
Chilean sea bass is the nickname for Antarctic toothfish and Patagonian toothfish. These two species of fish inhabit cold water and can be found in the Pacific, southern Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. In fact, these fish are actually a type of cod.
These fish are typically 10 to 20 pounds in weight. In addition, they have a lifespan of 50 years.
Chilean sea bass is an expensive and sought after fish due to its rich flavor. This white fish is healthy, high in protein, and low in carbs. For a more mild flavor, try this Cod Fish Recipe.
Sea bass is a more generic name given to many different types of fish. Chilean sea bass is specifically the Antarctic and Patagonian toothfish.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Choose high quality Chilean sea bass filets for best results. This recipe can also be made with cod or haddock. A high quality white fish will yield the most flavor.
Sea salt and pepper seasons this pan seared Chilean sea bass. A little bit goes a long way!
The butter is used in both the pan searing and in the lemon garlic herb butter sauce. Feel free to use grass fed butter, ghee, Vegan butter, or even olive oil if needed.
The minced garlic adds a big punch of flavor!
A little oregano is the best seasoning for this fish. It adds color, flavor, and taste.
The lemon slices add the perfect amount of tartness.
Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
How to Make
First, pat sea bass dry with paper towels.
Then, season on both sides with sea salt and pepper.
Add 1 tablespoon butter to a large skillet over medium heat.
Once butter melts, place fish skin side down. Cook for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave. Stir in minced garlic and oregano.
Flip fish. Then, pour butter sauce over fish. Add sliced lemons to skillet.
Cook for another 5 minutes or until fish is flaky.
Finally, remove from skillet and serve pan seared Chilean sea bass. Garnish with sauce from pan and fresh parsley if desired.
To make this in an oven, preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray.
Pat dry both sides of fish. Season with sea salt and pepper.
In a microwave safe dish, melt butter. Stir in minced garlic and oregano.
Place fish skin side down in baking dish. Pour melted butter mixture over fish. Top fish with sliced lemon.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until fish is flaky.
Serve with pan juices and fresh parsley.
Expert Tips & Tricks
A high quality Chilean sea bass makes all the difference! Haddock or cod work well too.
Do not over cook fish. Once it is flaky, remove from heat.
Serve with juices from pan. This helps the fish remain juicy and tender.
How to Serve & Store
Serve pan roasted Chilean sea bass hot from the pan or oven. Top with a little Whole30 Garlic Aioli!
This fish is great with mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, or a side salad. For a healthier version of fish and chips, serve with these Whole30 French Fries!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Store with juices from pan.
How to Buy the Best White Fish
Here are some things to look for when buying white fish.
The smell of the fish is very important! If the fish smells very fishy, it is not fresh. Instead, fresh fish should have an almost sweet smell.
For the freshest fish, there should be no brown spots. Take a look at the color of the fish to ensure it is not discolored.
Since access to fish can be limited, frozen fish is a great option. Look for high quality frozen fish in your freezer aisle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! Use Vegan butter or oilve oil in place of butter.
The fish is done cooking when it is easily flaking.
Sure! Haddock or cod work well too.
Chilean sea bass is a specific type of sea bass. It comes from the Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish, whereas sea bass is a more general term.
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Get the Recipe: Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass Recipe
- 2 filets Chilean sea bass, about 5 to 6 ounces each
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 3 tbsp butter or ghee, divided
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 lemon
- parsley, to garnish
- First, pat sea bass dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with sea salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter. Once butter has melted, place fish skin side down in skillet.
- Cook for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave safe dish. Stir in minced garlic and oregano.
- After 5 minutes, flip fish. Pour butter herb sauce over fish.
- Slice lemons into round discs. Place lemon slices in skillet.
- Cook for 5 more minutes or until fish is flaky.
- Finally, remove from pan. Pour sauce from pan on fish. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
- Depending on thickness of sea bass, cooking time may vary slightly.
- If the skillet becomes dry, add more butter.
- Cook fish until it is flaky.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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142 Comments on “Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass Recipe”
This came out so tender and flavorful! The spices were perfect. This will be a part of our regular rotation for sure!
OMG, it came out so flavorful and juicy. It was a huge hit during lunch. They just wanted more and more. Thanks for the recipe.
This Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass recipe is absolutely divine! The fish was cooked to perfection with a rich flavour, I’ll be looking for reasons to make this again.
My husband has been trying to increase his intake of fish, and reduce red meat, and this recipe was a huge hit with that – will be adding it to my rotation. It was cooked perfectly and it was flaky and moist!
This was so tender and delicious! I used ghee like suggested because I prefer it when making fish. The lemon and parsley really add a fresh note. YUM!
I am blown away! Seriously, that’s all that needs to be said…easy and elegant.
Delicious way to prepare sea bass. The simple butter lemon oregano and garlic sauce pairs perfectly, while letting the fish shine.
Thank you, Constance! I am glad that you enjoyed this fish recipe.
Absolutely delicious. My lemon slices caramelized adding a whole different and wonderful layer of flavor!
I am so glad to hear that, Steve! Thank you for the review.
Made sea bass fee times following this recipe and always it turns out taste great ! Simple, fast and delicious! Thank you!
You are welcome, Lara!
It was a lazy Sunday for me. My husband wanted to have sea bass for dinner. I dutifully looked up “Sea bass recipe” and this one popped up. While sipping my cocktail, I read the step-by-step directions to him (he’s a decent cook, but he doesn’t stray too far from the grill, so it’s fun to see him standing at the stove 🙂 ) The result — SOOO delicious. Perfect, actually. We’ve had sea bass in restaurants that wasn’t as flavorful. Will definitely make this again. And again. And again.
I am so excited to hear how much you and your husband loved my sea bass recipe! Thank you for setting the scene and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I hope you love it, again and again!
Left overs?? What left overs?? I’ve made this twice in one week ! Best fish I’ve cooked in ages. Thank you.
I am so happy to hear that, Doris!