Grilling a whole sea bass on the barbecue is an enticing option. In this grilled sea bass recipe, Dominic Chapman stuffs the sea bass with fennel, dill and lemon to give the fish a citrusy depth of flavour. The fish is served with an orange and fennel salad - a perfect summer delight.
Prepare the barbecue or set the grill to a high setting
Stuff the gutted sea bass with equal portions of fennel, lemon and dried dill tops. Rub the fish with olive oil and season with sea salt. Place both fish on the barbecue or under a grill (if your barbecue is not large enough to accommodate 2 whole sea bass, grill in 2 batches)
Grill on both sides, rotating the fish as it cooks - so it has grill marks all over. Once the sea bass is charred, finish in an oven set to 200°C/gas mark 6 for 8 minutes or until cooked through
Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette by combining the mustard and white wine vinegar in a bowl. Slowly add the hazelnut oil until emulsified
Divide the slices of fennel, red onion, orange segments and tomatoes across 4 plates and garnish with chives. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve with the 2 sea bass wholes - cut into 4 large portions
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