This baked sea bass with lemon and olives makes a delicious light fish supper. It's baked in a parcel with very little prep time and is perfect if you love healthy lemon fish recipes.
I am always happy to eat fish and especially sea bass. It's one of my favourite fish and it goes perfectly with lemon, capers and olives. I often cook it in a buttery caper and garlic sauce which is absolutely delicious.
However I also like to cook it in a parcel like this as it's such a healthy way to prepare and eat fish.
It's definitely a good idea to try and eat fish regularly as it's high in protein, low in fat and packed with vitamins and minerals.
It's also very affordable these days. If you are looking for more fish recipes then do check out Love Seafood.
What ingredients do you need for this baked sea bass recipe?
You don't need many ingredients at all to make this dish. Just:
- Sea bass - you can use fillets or whole sea bass. You can also substitute the sea bass for another kind of fish.
- Olives - You can use black or green
- Salt - I often miss this out to make it a healthier meal
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
There is very little prep needed as the only thing you need to do is slice the lemon. Everthing else is out of a bottle or jar. It really is one of the simplest fish recipes!
How do you cook fish in a parcel
You can use baking paper or aluminium foil to cook fish in a parcel. Just put the fish in the centre. Cover it with the rest of the ingredients and then bring the sides of the parcel up and fold them together to lightly seal the parcel.
Why cook the fish in a parcel?
Well, the parcel means the fish stays beautifully moist and the lemon really soaks into the fish. You'll need to use less oil than if you fry it too which is definitely a good thing.
It's delicious and if you don't tell your family, they'll never guess you're giving them a really healthy low fat dinner!
Can you use whole sea bass or fillets?
I think this dish works brilliantly with either whole fish or with fillets. You will just need to extend the cooking time a little. Whole sea bass might need about 20 minutes in the oven but fillets will be cooked in about 10 minutes.
Can you adapt the recipe?
As I said above, you can switch the sea bass to another fish. For example why not try it with cod, haddock, pollock or even oily fish such as salmon?
Sometimes I don't have capers at home so I just miss the them out. If you have capers but no olives you can miss the olives out. You can add a little crushed garlic on top of the fish too.
If you want to make it even easier to cook any vegetable side dishes then you can put them in the parcel too. Asparagus or green beans can easily be put on top of the fish inside the parcel.
What can you serve with baked sea bass?
It's totally up to you of course but I am often quite traditional where fish is concerned. I think it's great with chips and salad or lightly cooked vegetables such as asparagus.
If you can get your hands on some samphire then this buttery samphire with garlic and lemon is delicious.
Can you reheat this baked fish recipe?
Yes you can. However, like most fish dishes, it is tastier when freshly baked. Reheating it can dry the fish out a little.
If you do need to reheat it then just pop it in the microwave for short time in a covered dish.
More Fish Recipes
I have lots of fish recipes you might like but here are just a few of my sea bass recipes:
Baked Sea Bass with Lemon and Olives
- 250 g sea bass fillets
- 2 tbsp olives
- 1 tbsp capers
- 1 lemon
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Take a large piece of tin foil. Season the fish and lay skin side down in the middle of the foil.
- Slice half of the lemon into thin slices. Lay the slices on top of the fish.
- If the capers and olives are in vinegar then rinse them and sprinkle onto the fish. Drizzle with a little olive oil and lemon juice.
- Bring the foil up at the sides to make a parcel and scrunch the sides together to seal.
- Bake the parcel in the oven at about 180°C for 15 minutes.
- Serve with chips and salad.