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Grilled Sea Bass with Garlic Butter Sautéd French Beans

Recipe by Chris.

Good Friday is traditionally a day to eat fish in Ireland, and this year I decided to cook my favourite, Sea Bass. Give this recipe a try if you are looking for some inspiration. Great on Good Friday or any day of the year for that matter!

Sometimes with fish it’s better to go back to basics; oil, butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Keeping it simple is the key aim with this recipe, buy great quality produce and let it do the talking. Read the whole recipe before starting cooking, while the Sea Bass and beans are listed separately, try to cook them concurrently as you'll want to serve both when they are as fresh as possible.


For the seabass

  • 1 Whole Sea Bass, cleaned and gutted

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves finely

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

  • 1 lemon, cut into slices

  • Juice of another lemon

  • 25g butter

For the French Beans

  • Pack of French beans

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

  • 25g butter

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

Prep Time: 10 minutes (+half an hour of marinading)

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2 people, scale up the recipe in equal proportions if you have more mouths to feed.


For the fish:

  1. Marinate the fish in the garlic, oil, lemon, salt and pepper for half an hour before cooking

  2. When ready, turn the grill up to the highest setting

  3. Place a layer of sliced lemon on an oven tray

  4. Place the marinated fish on top of the lemon and put the butter on top of the fish.

  5. you’ll want to put the fish under the grill about 10cm away from the heat source

  6. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.

For the beans

  1. Trim the ends from the beans if not already trimmed

  2. Drop into boiling water for 2 minutes and drain

  3. Heat the oil and butter on a high heat in a frying pan

  4. Fry the beans and garlic for 3 or 4 minutes, giving a stir every so often then add the salt and pepper

  5. Serve with the grilled sea bass

The Sea Bass marinating

Lemons for sitting the fish on

The fish ready for the grill

The grilled fish

Garlic Butter before adding the beans

The beans boiling before being added to the garlic butter

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