november grilling: striped sea bass

November 9, 2009

This weekend was ridiculously beautiful in Minneapolis – low 60s and blue, sunny skies – which meant I spent a lot of time outside getting all I could out of it. I biked, I had one of the most amazingly glorious runs of my life, and I grilled! Yeah, it was warm enough to fire up the grill so we went and got a whole striped sea bass to bbq!

If dead creatures make you squeamish, turn away now.

Otherwise, meet Barry, or Baz, the Bass.


The fishmonger gutted and descaled our fish for us which meant we just had to make indentations in him and season him with olive oil and salt and pepper:


I prepared some fresh herbs for a side dish while Dan did manly things that made me squirm. Fresh thyme, parsley and some lemon wedges…


Which complemented these New Potatoes and sauteed onions (along with a good knob of butter). They were mouth watering if I do say so myself!


Meanwhile, at the grill…

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Followed by…

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And this was dinner!


I’m not really a big fish person if I’m honest so I only eat it every once in a while but this was blooming delightful! The fish just fell apart in your mouth and the salty potatoes and fresh-tasting spinach went really well.

Have you ever prepared a whole fish to eat and if so, what?
I once did a similar thing for my parents in England but with Sole. That was really good too! You can’t go wrong with s&p; and some olive oil in my opinion!

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Jenn November 10, 2009 at 12:01 am

I eat fish/seafood at LEAST 5 days a week! Gotta love the West Coast.

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melonshots November 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

i tried grilling a whole salmon once, filled with herbs, lemon, and other things.
it was really delicious!
one thing I do miss (now that im vegan) is salmon

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Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) November 10, 2009 at 4:55 am

Never tried a whole fish – although that bass looks amazing!!

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Susan November 10, 2009 at 5:57 am

Ooh, I haven't done a whole fish yet, but I wouldn't mind so long as it was pre-gutted ;) I remember staying at a resort where you could go up and they'd cut you a piece from a GIANT cooked whole salmon. It was soooo good! Perfectly flaky :)

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Michelle November 10, 2009 at 6:24 am

I've never cooked a whole fish but yours looks delicious!

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joyofood November 10, 2009 at 7:17 am

We just packed our grill away for the Winter, it'll probably be a long time before we see that again.
I've never cooked a whole fish either, I think I'd have a problem with the head, those eyes looking up at me.

Taylor

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Holly November 10, 2009 at 8:32 am

hahahaha…i loved the videos! mostly because you called the fish barry and that made me laugh repeatedly at my desk this morning :)

this meal looks BOMB DOT COM (in your words). seriously. butter + onions is always a winner and fish just hits the spot every once in awhile for me too!

okay, going to email you back – have a lovely tuesday!!!

xxx holly

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brandi November 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

i've never cooked a whole fish! it looks great

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Katie November 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I eat salmon occasionally, but that is where my fish knowledge ends. I have never prepared a whole fish – I would need my man around do do the gross things – but the results look delicious!

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Lele November 10, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Mmmmmm I had absolutely unforgettable grilled whole fish in Greece.
But yours looks just as gorgey!

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Janetha November 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm

oh man. i love you and your fish naming face!!! haha. and your accent is adorable :) i love you and i love fish!! i really miss you lady. REALLY. glad i am almost back to normal.. how are you? lets chat soooooon.xo

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Karena November 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

nice! i've never tackled a whole fish before…it's so intimidating! (plus i have a weird issue with fish faces/heads) i'd love to learn how to cook a whole fish…i think they taste SO much better then fillets.

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