Crispy Herb-Crusted Sea Bass in Spiced Clam Broth

This Crispy Herb-Crusted Sea Bass in Spiced Clam Broth is a gourmet dish that brings the seaside to your kitchen. The sea bass, with its herbaceous crust, is the star, while the clam and chorizo broth provides a spicy, smoky undertone. It's a dish that offers complexity in flavour and simplicity in execution.

  • Beginner
  • Serves 4
  • 35 minutes

What you’ll need

  • 4 sea bass fillets, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 500g fresh clams, cleaned
  • 100g chorizo, diced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 200ml dry white wine
  • 400ml fish stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish

Let's Cook!

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).

Step 2

Mix the parsley, thyme, lemon zest, salt, and pepper with olive oil to create a herb marinade.

Step 3

Brush the sea bass fillets with the herb marinade and let them sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb the flavours.

Step 4

In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the shallots, garlic, and chorizo until the shallots are translucent and the chorizo releases its oils.

Step 5

Add the tomato paste and cook for a minute, then pour in the white wine and let it reduce by half.

Step 6

Add the clams and fish stock, cover the pan, and cook for 5-7 minutes until the clams open. Discard any clams that do not open.

Step 7

While the broth is simmering, heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the sea bass fillets skin-side down and cook for 3-4 minutes until the skin is crisp. Transfer to the oven to finish cooking for an additional 5-6 minutes.

Step 8

Serve the sea bass over a generous ladle of the clam and chorizo broth. Garnish with fresh parsley and a slice of lemon.

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Fish used in this recipe

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