Try pan fried sea bass with lemon and capers for a delicious, satiating fish dinner. These sea bass fillets are full of flavour. Any recipe that’s made in less than 10 minutes is a win in my eyes. Pan fried sea bass is a great weeknight dinner, and lemon and capers is an excellent combination that elevates the dish.
How to pan fry sea bass fillets
My two best tips for pan frying sea bass fillets are these: be careful not to over cook them, and make sure to use enough butter or oil so that they don’t stick to the pan. Sea bass fillets are very thin, and cooks in as little as 5 minutes. I also suggest using 2 tsp good quality olive oil or butter. This ensures that the fish skin goes crispy, without sticking to your frying pan. Cook your sea bass fillets first for 3-4 minutes, skin side down. The skin should be slightly golden and crispy. Turn the fillets over, and cook for 1 minute on the other side.
The pan fried sea bass has cooked through when the fillets start to flake at the touch of a fork. Serve the fillets with the crispy skin attached. Your guests can choose if they want to eat or discard the fish skin. I personally love it; it’s crispy, tasty and packed with omega 3.
In this recipe for pan fried sea bass we cook the fish with capers, lemon and garlic. These ingredients all add tons of flavour to the fish. Feel free to replace any of these ingredients to your preference.
Side dishes to serve with sea bass
I love a good side dish, and my favourites are of the vegetable kind. These side dishes will go great with sea bass.
- Oven roasted green beans
- Garlic parmesan potato wedges
- Orzo salad with spinach, feta and lemon
- Everyday Mediterranean salad
For more inspiration, see this collection of side dishes that go really well with sea bass.
Can you pan fry sea bass from frozen?
In a pinch, you can definitely pan fry sea bass fillets from frozen. I would recommend cooking the fillets on medium to low heat, and adding extra cooking time. In my experience, cooking them directly from frozen gives a more boiled results rather than pan fried due to all the water that’s released as the fish thaws in the pan. I highly recommend using fresh sea bass fillets, thawing frozen fillets before cooking.
Leftover pan fried sea bass
Leftover pan fried sea bass fillets can be reheated in the microwave. Always eat leftover fish within 3 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 1 month.
More delicious fish dinners:
Pan seared sea bass with lemon and capers
- 2 sea bass fillets
- 2 tsp butter or olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- 15-20 capers
- 1 garlic clove
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- salt, pepper
- Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat.
- Finely mince the garlic, and add it to the pan along with the capers. Saute for a minute.
- Add a little salt and pepper to both sides of the sea bass fillets, and add them to the pan, skin side down. Add the lemon sliced on top while cooking. Cook the fillets for 3-4 minutes until the skin turns crispy, then flip the fillets over and finish cooking skin side up. Cook for another minute.
- If your pan feels dry and the fish is sticking to it, deglaze it by adding a little bit of milk or water.
- Serve on plates with the capers, garlic, lemon slices and roughly chopped or torn basil leaves on top.