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Lemon Pan-Seared Sea Bass / Branzino

Enjoy the zesty flavour of lemon on this lightly flavoured sea bass (branzino) fillets. Serve on a bed of salad or with vegetables.


1 package of Toppits Sea Bass

Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil

1 to 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

1/2 lemon

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Set a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking, about 3 minutes. While the skillet is heating, wash the fillet, pat it very dry with paper towels. It is critical the fillet is dry, otherwise the skin won't crisp.

  2. Season both sides with salt and black pepper.

  3. When the skillet is hot, carefully add just enough oil to evenly coat the skillet. Wait a few seconds for the oil to heat and then quickly add the fish, skin side down. The fillet will contract and curve upwards. When this happens, take a flexible spatula and press the entire fillet gently back down and hold for a few seconds to ensure even cooking and crisp skin all over.

  4. Let the fish cook until you can see a golden brown colour on the edges of the skin, and the edge of the fish flesh becomes opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully and gently use a spatula to lift up the fillet and flip it over.

  5. Add the butter, and baste the fish until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes longer.

  6. Gently transfer the fish to a plate and serve with lemon wedges.


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