Striped Bass Poached in Herb Butter
© Fredrika Stjärne

Striped Bass Poached in Herb Butter


This lemony four-herb butter is delicious with any type of white fish. Linda Aldredge serves it with the largemouth bass and small perch she catches in the pond on her property.


  1. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/4 cup lightly packed parsley leaves, chopped
  4. 1/4 cup lightly packed dill, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup lightly packed snipped chives
  6. 1/4 cup lightly packed chervil (optional)
  7. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Freshly ground pepper
  10. Six 6-ounce, skin-on striped bass fillets
  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in the herbs, then whisk in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  2. Pat the bass fillets dry and season with salt and pepper. Working in 2 batches, add the fillets to the herb butter, skin side down; cover and cook over moderately low heat until they are just white throughout, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the fish fillets to plates, spoon some of the herb butter on top and serve hot.

Suggested Pairing

Fresh, medium-bodied Gavi.