Pan-fried sea bass with lemon verbena

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This easy and delicious sea bass recipe by Alfred Prasad is full of zesty flavours. Inspired by his recent trip to Greece the chef pan-fries the sea-bass with one fillet skin-side down and another skin-side up, giving the fish a unique texture and colour.

First published in 2015




Pan-fried sea bass

Warm potato salad

Lemon verbena oil

  • 15 lemon verbena, leaves only
  • 60ml of olive oil

To serve


  • Blender


To begin, place the potatoes in medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Gently simmer the potatoes for 20–25 minutes or until cooked through
Meanwhile start the potato salad dressing by whisking lemon juice and olive oil for 1 minute. Then add the capers, shallots, chives, chilli, and freshly ground Himalayan pink salt, mix well and set aside. When the potatoes are cooked, peel and crush gently with a fork and toss in the dressing. Keep warm
To make the lemon verbena oil, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a small pan and quickly fry the lemon verbena leaves until crisp, then lift them out of the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Add the fried verbena leaves to a food blender and pour in the olive oil. Blend to a pourable sauce, adding more oil if needed. Once complete, transfer to a jug and set aside
  • 15 lemon verbena, leaves only
  • 60ml of olive oil, plus extra for frying
Heat a large non-stick frying pan until very hot, add the olive oil, then place the fillets in the pan, one skin side up and the other skin side down. Cook over medium heat until both fillets are golden brown, then turn the fillets over and cook for a further minute. Take off the heat, season with the freshly crushed peppercorns and Himalayan pink salt
To serve, place the fillet on a serving plate and drizzle with the lemon verbena oil. Sprinkle with the mixed citrus peel, dill, grated coconut and viola flowers. Add the warm potato salad and serve immediately
First published in 2015

Alfred Prasad’s years at Tamarind saw the restaurant awarded one Michelin star, which it retained, and a stack of accolades (including numerous ‘Indian Restaurant Of The Year’ titles).

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