Sea bass in oatmeal with courgette and anchovy purée


Fishmongers in France are always keen to advise on inventive ways to prepare their produce. My favourite one writes his recipes down for me, correctly assuming that I’m only half listening and will never remember unless he does. This morning he was absent and when I asked his replacement for suggestions on how to cook sea bass, she curtly replied that I could ‘fry it, braise it, BBQ it, steam it, grill it or bake it.’ Her jaded gallic shrug after this exhaustive list seemed to imply that her final unspoken suggestion might be that I should ‘stick it’. Who knew sea bass was so versatile?

However prepared, sea bass is delicious and an abundant source of omega 3 fatty acids, iron, vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients (serves 4)

750g sea bass

1 egg, beaten

150g rolled oats (oat flakes)

20g butter

2 courgettes, peeled and sliced

1 medium-sized potato

10g parmesan cheese, grated

4 anchovies

sea salt, ground black pepper, Espelette pepper

8 black olives, chopped

olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 sprig of thyme

4 slices of lemon

Coat the fish with the beaten egg and then cover with rolled oats and set aside. Boil the potato and courgettes, drain well and purée. Add the grated cheese, anchovies, seasoning, black olives, olive oil and garlic and mix well over a very gentle heat for a few minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan with a sprig of thyme. Shallow fry the fish for about five minutes on each side and serve with the warm purée and a slice of lemon.


14 responses to “Sea bass in oatmeal with courgette and anchovy purée

  1. I have never heard of sea bream, must google it. Looks delicious and love the oatmeal breading. I love fish pan fried with a light breading,

  2. yum this looks delicious! what an interesting flavour combination also for the puree… definitely something i need to try. thanks for sharing!

  3. Brilliant dish!!!
    tasty, savoury and crusty seabass, superb!!!

  4. Learned today that fish is full of ‘long’ omega 3s which are best for you. Great way to eat them.

  5. What a wonderful purée. Your food is always so interesting (in a good way). Perhaps the fishmonger (if she is there on repeat) will come to realize what a fun customer you are and begin to lighten up? Speaking of light, the fish looks so light and delicious that now I am craving the same.

  6. Yum! I love the look of this fish. The puree sounds interesting too.

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