Grilled Sea Bass with Parsley-Anchovy Sauce

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.


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  • Servings: 6

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  • 9 oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 large serrano chile, seeded
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Three 2-pound sea bass, pan-dressed
  • 18 small thyme sprigs

How to make this recipe

  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.


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.

Contributed By Published August 2006

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