Grilled Striped Bass with Indian-Spiced Tomato Salad


As chef and founder of Bombay Canteen and O Pedro in Mumbai and Tabla in New York, among other restaurants, Floyd Cardoz was considered one of the world's most influential chefs. He was an avid fisherman, and this summery grilled bass with ginger-spiced tomato salad was a favorite of his.

Grilled Striped Bass with Indian-Spiced Tomato Salad. Photo © Antonis Achilleos
Chef Floyd Cardoz of Indian hotspot Paowalla in New York City is an avid fisherman. This summery grilled bass with ginger-spiced tomato salad is the ideal way to showcase a beautiful piece of fish and the season's absolute best produce. We aspire to make this for a delicious weeknight dinner. Photo: © Antonis Achilleos
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1-inch dice

  • Salt

  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary

  • Four 6-ounce wild striped bass fillets, with skin

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. In a small skillet, toast the peppercorns and coriander seeds over moderately high heat until fragrant, 30 seconds. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool completely. Grind the peppercorns and coriander to a powder.

  2. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the ground spices, basil, vinegar, shallot, ginger and sugar. Add the tomatoes and toss to coat with the dressing. Season the tomatoes with salt.

  3. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. In a shallow baking dish, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the rosemary. Season the bass with salt and pepper and coat the fillets with the rosemary oil. Grill the bass over moderately high heat, skin side down, until nicely charred and crisp on the bottom, 3 minutes. Turn the bass and cook until just opaque in the center, 3 minutes longer.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to plates. Set the bass fillets on the tomato salad. Spoon the tomato dressing over and around the fish and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Robust rosé from Spain.

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