- 1/4 cup black olive tapenade
- 1 teaspoon capers, finely chopped
- Four 6-ounce skinless sea bass fillets
- 4 teaspoons dry bread crumbs
- 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat. In a small bowl, mix the tapenade with the capers. Spread the tapenade on one side of the sea bass fillets. Sprinkle each fillet with 1 teaspoon of the bread crumbs and drizzle them with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
- In a large, ovenproof, nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the fillets, tapenade side up, and cook over high heat until lightly browned around the edges, about 2 minutes. Broil until the crumbs are golden and the fish is just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the sea bass to plates with a spatula and serve with lemon wedges.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.