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Grilled Sea Bass with Parsley-Anchovy Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk like grilling whole fish because it keeps the flesh moist and tender while also making the skin supercrispy—plus there's less waste.

  1. 9 oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained
  2. 3 garlic cloves
  3. 1 large serrano chile, seeded
  4. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  5. 1 1/2 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves
  6. 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. Three 2-pound sea bass, pan-dressed
  9. 18 small thyme sprigs
  1. In a food processor, combine the anchovies, garlic, serrano and lemon juice and process until finely chopped. Add the parsley and pulse until finely chopped. Add the 6 tablespoons of olive oil, season the sauce with salt and pepper and pulse just to combine. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Light a grill. Make 3 slashes in both sides of each fish at 2-inch intervals; be sure to slice to the bone. Tuck a thyme sprig into each slash. Season the fish with salt and pepper; brush with oil. Brush the grate with oil and grill the fish over high heat, turning once, until it flakes easily with a fork, about 15 minutes. Alternatively, preheat the broiler and position a rack 10 inches from the heat. Place the fish on a sturdy baking sheet, brush generously with oil and broil, turning once, about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer the fish to a large platter and serve with the sauce and lemon wedges.
Make Ahead The sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Notes One Serving 324 Calories, 18 gm Total Fat, 3 gm Saturated Fat, 2 gm Carbohydrates, 0.5 gm Fiber.

Suggested Pairing

A current trend in California wine is low- or no-oak Chardonnay, a retreat from buttery styles and perfect for this delicate, flavorful sea bass.

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