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.


Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
20 minutes

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

Recipe Type

Level of Difficulty


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