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This perfectly seasoned grilled sea bass dish includes a delicious garlic-parsley butter. Serve with steamed or grilled asparagus for a truly flavorful summer meal that's elegant enough to serve to guests.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
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Perfect grilled sea bass, worthy of your favorite restaurant, is just 40 minutes away. Make sure to bookmark this flavorful and flaky grilled sea bass recipe — you'll come back to it again and again. 

Grilled Sea Bass Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make the best grilled sea bass of your life: 

Sea Bass
You'll need two pounds of sea bass filets. If you can't find them at the grocery store, visit your local fishmonger. 

Spices, Seasonings, and Herbs
This flavorful sea bass is seasoned before grilling with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, and sea salt. You'll also need two garlic and parsley to infuse the butter that will be brushed onto fish during grilling 

Butter
Parsley and garlic-infused butter are brushed onto the fish during grilling, resulting in a rich and herbaceous flavor.  

Olive Oil
Before serving, you'll drizzle the grilled sea bass with high quality olive oil. 

How to Make Grilled Sea Bass

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The full, step-by-step grilled sea bass recipe can be found below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect: 

Mix the spices in a bowl, then generously season the fish filets on both sides. Meanwhile, melt the butter, garlic, and parsley in a small saucepan. Set aside and let cool. Grill the seasoned fish for about seven minutes, brush with butter, then flip and grill until cooked and flaky. Drizzle with olive oil before serving. 

How Long to Grill Sea Bass

This sea bass should be fully cooked in fewer than 15 minutes on a grill set to high heat (seven minutes on each side). An instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the fish should read at least 145 degrees F. 

What Is Sea Bass? 

Sea bass is flaky whitefish with a mild flavor. It has a firm and meaty texture, which means it holds up well to the high heat of the grill. 

What to Serve With Grilled Sea Bass

We love this grilled sea bass for many reasons, including its versatility. You can pair it with pretty much anything, from light side salads to hearty fried or roasted potatoes. In need of some delicious inspiration? We've got you covered. Explore our collection of Most Popular Dishes for Fish. Here are a few of the standout recipes you'll find: 

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How to Store Grilled Sea Bass

Refrigerate grilled sea bass in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through. 

Can You Freeze Grilled Sea Bass?

Yes, you can freeze grilled sea bass. Allow it to cool, then wrap it tightly in storage wrap. Follow the storage wrap with a layer of aluminum foil. Label with a date and freeze for up to two months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or reheat in the oven from frozen.  

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise 

"Delicious, easy, very flavorful," according to MRSVANDY. "I will definitely make it again. I'm not an expert at fish preparation, so this was an experiment! Grilled outside on the snow-covered deck. Served with a zucchini medley."

"What a wonderful fish recipe," says Victoria Binggeli. "And versatile as well. My local grocery does not carry sea bass often and when it comes in it is usually frozen. I substituted with tilapia. It turned out beautifully."

"Made it exactly per the recipe and it seriously is THE BEST FISH I've ever made," raves GourmetGale. "Simple and delicious. One thing to keep in mind: Buy fresh, non-farmed raised fish. It makes all the difference in the world."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat grill for high heat.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; protein 28.2g; carbohydrates 0.8g; fat 12.2g; cholesterol 77.9mg; sodium 237mg. Full Nutrition
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