Sea Bass Fillets with Lemon-Hazelnut Brown Butter


Bob Chambers, a private chef and former F&W staffer, created this delectable butter-fried sea bass. Slideshow:  More Seafood Recipes 

Sea Bass Fillets with Lemon-Hazelnut Brown Butter
Photo: © Matt Armedariz
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Four 6-ounce sea bass fillets

  • All-purpose flour, for dredging

  • 2 large eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toast the hazelnuts for 8 minutes, until fragrant. Using a clean kitchen towel, rub the skins off the nuts. Coarsely chop the hazelnuts.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

  3. In a skillet, cook 4 tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat until browned, about 4 minutes. Add the chopped nuts and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. In a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter in the olive oil over moderate heat. Season the sea bass fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge them in flour, dip in the beaten eggs and coat with the parsley and bread crumb mixture. When the butter starts to brown slightly, add the fillets to the skillet and cook until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the fillets and cook until just white throughout, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer the fish to plates, spoon the browned butter alongside and serve.

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