White Sea Bass with Orange-Fennel Relish

White Sea Bass with Orange-Fennel Relish Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Sustainable choice: U.S. white sea bass--not to be confused with Chilean sea bass.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1 cup relish)
Total time: 20 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 274
Fat 13.4 g
Satfat 2.5 g
Monofat 5.9 g
Polyfat 1.7 g
Protein 25.2 g
Carbohydrate 13.1 g
Fiber 3.9 g
Cholesterol 56 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 605 mg
Calcium 76 mg


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (12-ounce) fennel bulb
1 cup fresh orange sections
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 ounces halved Castelvetrano olives (about 1/2 cup)
4 (6-ounce) white sea bass fillets
1 1/2 teaspoons butter


1. Combine first 4 ingredients, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Remove fronds from fennel bulb; chop fronds to measure 2 tablespoons. Remove and discard stalks. Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise; discard core. Thinly slice fennel bulb. Add sliced fennel, orange sections, onion, and olives to orange juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Stir in fennel fronds.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add fish to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with relish.

Ann Taylor Pittman,

Cooking Light

November 2012
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