Monday 12 March 2012

Sea Bass with Wilted Spinach and Mushrooms

Sea Bass with wilted spinach and mushrooms
This is a delicious and flavoursome yet quick and simple dish, perfect for a midweek dinner done in a rush

Serves 4 small portions/2 large
Prep time:   10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 -12 minutes

50g unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
4 x 180g sea bass fillets, skin on and scored
150g button mushrooms, sliced
50–100ml fresh fish stock
250g baby spinach leaves
4–5 tbsp crème fraiche
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges


1.  Heat a large frying pan and put in 30g butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil.  Add the shallots and cook over a low/medium heat for 3 minutes until softened, then add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile in another large frying pan and add the remaining oil and butter. Once the oil is hot put in the sea bass fillets and cook over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes on each side. Always cook fish presentation-side down first. In this instance it should be skin-side down first.

3.  Add the mushrooms to the pan of shallots and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the fish stock and allow to reduce for 1 minute before adding the baby spinach. If the liquid evaporates, add some more stock. Once the spinach has wilted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the crème fraîche. Season to taste.

4.  Place the wilted spinach and mushrooms in the centre of each plate and put the sea bass fillets on top. Serve with the lemon wedges, enjoy!


  1. Love fish especially sea bass and am always looking for new ways to serve it. Reckon i'll try this, thanks.

  2. Your fish looks beautifully cooked and my children love sea bass. Terrific recipes on your site.

    1. Thank you very much, I hope you enjoy and your family enjoy the recipes!