High in protein and low in saturated fat, sea bass makes an excellent main course for family dinners. This tender, meaty fish cooks quickly and easily on the stove top, grill or in the oven. If your kids are hesitant to eat fish, they may enjoy the milder taste of sea bass more than other kinds of seafood. Try serving their favorite creamy dressing as a substitute for tartar sauce along with the sea bass to make it even more appealing.
Home cooks enjoy how easy it is to cook most varieties of sea bass. Broil or pan-sear this fish for a quick main course that's ready to eat in less than 15 minutes. You can also grill a filet on an indoor or outdoor grill for a smokier flavor. Mild-tasting sea bass complements a wide assortment of flavors and seasonings, making it a versatile dinner choice. If your kids like certain herbs and spices, lightly season the fish before cooking. A dash of their favorite dry dressing and dip mix is a simple way to give the fish a flavor boost. When done, sea bass will flake lightly when you pierce it with a fork.
Sauces and Marinades
Because sea bass has a mild, light flavor, you can dress it up with a wide assortment of prepared sauces and marinades. Try using your kids' favorite salad dressings as a marinade for sea bass. Baste honey and mustard onto the fish as it cooks or spread a filet with creamy ranch dressing before serving. For an Asian sea bass meal, marinate filets in prepared stir-fry or teriyaki sauce or serve plain, seasoned fish with a side of soy sauce for dipping.
Choose a side dish that complements the marinade, seasonings or sauce you serve with your fish. If you season your filet in creamy balsamic dressing and dip mix, serving pasta with jarred marinara sauce and a salad with creamy dressing as your side dishes. If you opt for an Asian marinated filet, plate the fish alongside crisp stir-fried vegetables. Buy prepared stir-fry vegetable blends from the grocery store to cut down on your prep time. For a go-to side dish that will make your main dish shine, serve simple steamed vegetables with rice or couscous. A sprinkle of dry dressing and seasoning mix will add a burst of flavor.
Finish your meal with a simple, easy dessert. Sliced tropical fruit like pineapple, mango and coconut makes a healthy and satisfying sweet ending for your light, nutritious sea bass meal. For a healthier alternative to ice cream that kids enjoy, serve sorbets made from your favorite kinds of fruit. Fruit pies like key lime or lemon meringue are also good choices for seafood meals. Pick up a prepared pie from the bakery or look for frozen varieties at the grocery store.