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This Sea Bass with Avocado Salsa recipe is light and delicious. Sea Bass is a mild fish but boasts a buttery and meaty texture. Served with this rich avocado salsa, you have a colorful, flavorful dish that always delights!

Avocado Salsa Sea Bass in a skillet with avocado salsa and slices of lime


Sea Bass is a milder fish, which makes it a great choice for those who don’t care for super “fishy” seafood. It has a mild, buttery taste, similar to Cod and Halibut. For those who want to love the healthy fruits of the sea, but are normally averse to fish, this is a great variety to start with. For seafood lovers, this is a special treat. Sea Bass is marinated and skillet seared, then topped with delicious avocado salsa—which adds the perfect texture and tang to this delicious fish.

What is the difference between regular Sea Bass and Chilean Sea Bass?

Sea Bass is a kind of catch-all name for a few different varieties of similar fish—many of them are not even Bass. Chilean Sea Bass, for instance, is a Patagonian Toothfish. There is a wide variety of Sea Bass from different parts of the world—all with similar taste and texture. Fun fact: Mediterranean Sea Bass has three times the Omega-3’s found in other white fish like Haddock, Tuna and Cod.

Where can I buy the best Sea Bass?

Sea Bass is usually carried even in in-land grocery stores, as it is a seafood staple and is priority shipped all over the world. You can also buy frozen fillets at most grocery stores, or even opt to have it flown to you, fresh, direct from a fish market.

What fish can be substituted for Sea Bass?

Sea Bass is a broad label that includes many different kinds of fish. Any flaky white fish will work as a substitute for Sea Bass. Look for fish like halibut, sablefish, black cod, branzino, flounder, or red snapper.

If you like seafood or would like to experiment with more seafood recipes, here are a few more you might like:

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Avocado Salsa Sea Bass in a skillet with avocado salsa and slices of lime
This Sea Bass with Avocado Salsa recipe is light and delicious. Sea Bass is a mild fish but boasts a buttery and meaty texture. Served with this rich avocado salsa, you have a colorful, flavorful dish that always delights!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 portions sea bass
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 large avocados diced small
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 pinch salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, melted butter, soy sauce, ginger, and the juice from the remaining lime. Place fish into a shallow dish and pour marinade over. Flip the fish over until each piece is coated. Place in the fridge until ready to cook, no longer than 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Make the avocado "salsa" by combining the diced avocado, minced jalapeno, minced garlic, the juice of 1 lime, and cilantro in a small bowl. Add in a pinch of salt. Stir together and set aside.
  • Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the sea bass by searing it skin side down first (if your fish has skin). It should take about 4 minutes per side to cook through (actual cooking time will depend on the thickness of your filet). The fish is done when it can flake easily with a fork.
  • Serve the fish hot topped with avocado salsa. Season with additional salt to taste and garnish with red pepper flakes (optional).
Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 13.8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sea Bass

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Christy

RE: Sea Bass with Avocado Salsa: Made this last night and it was delicious!! My first time having sea bass! I wished I had watched the video instead of just printing the recipe though. The written recipe is riddled with errors. Instruction 1 omits the olive oil but adds “the juice from the remaining lime.” I was wondering what it was remaining from? So I used the olive oil in the pan even though instruction 3 doesn’t mention it – it was the only place I could figure at the time. Instruction 2 adds minced garlic (not on the ingredient… Read more »

jose Alcaraz

5 stars
super delicious, added homemade chipotle hummus for extra flavor!

Francine McGinty

Sea Bass is my favorite it’s getting impossible to find. Is this an endangered species? I would love to try your recipe but can’t find the sea bass.

Mushrooms Canada

Wonderful adaptation of this 5-star recipe! I love the bed of spicy avocado and the sauteed mushrooms have my mouth watering! Thanks for sharing…

-Shannon

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