Crisp sea bass with citrus mayonnaise

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Crisp sea bass with citrus mayonnaise
Citrus cuts through the richness of this delicious sauce and works well with any fish you like.
 

1 tbsp olive oil

8 cherry tomatoes, halved

400g tinned butter beans, drained and rinsed

Fresh coriander

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

5 black peppercorns

¼ tsp coriander seed (optional)

1 pink grapefruit

100g unsalted butter

2 large egg yolks

1 tbsp double cream

2 tsp oil

4 x 100g sea bass fillets

In a pan heat the olive oil and cook the cherry tomatoes until soft then add the beans and heat through, add a handful of coriander and set aside covered.

Put the vinegar, peppercorns and coriander seeds (if using) into a small pan with 1 tablespoon of water.

Simmer until reduced to 1 teaspoon, then remove from the heat.

Segment the grapefruit and put the segments onto kitchen paper.

Squeeze the juice from the middle of the fruit.

Melt the butter in a small pan and keep it warm.

Put the egg yolks into a food processor with a generous pinch of salt.

Strain the reduced vinegar on top, then discard the pepper and coriander seeds.

Add 1 teaspoon of grapefruit juice, then blitz for a few seconds.

With the motor running, pour in about 1 tablespoon of butter and the cream.

Gradually add the rest of the butter, allowing it to fully combine after each addition to make a thick, smooth sauce.

Keep the butter warm on the hob in-between pours.

Add 1 teaspoon more of grapefruit juice then season with salt and pepper.

Stir in the segmented grapefruit and break it up a little.

Keep the sauce warm.

Slash the skins, of the sea bass and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat.

Heat the oil, then fry a fillet or two, skin-side down, for 4-5 minutes, or until the flesh has changed colour almost all the way through and the skin is crisp.

Flip the fish over, cook for 30 seconds, then remove to a plate and keep warm while you fry the remaining fillets.

Serve the fish over the tomato and bean mixture with the citrus mayonnaise on the side.

Serves
4

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
20 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Fruit, Eggs, Beans, Vegetables, Oil, Garlic, Herbs

Recipe Type
Entertaining

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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