Grilled sea bass with tomato vinaigrette

Grilled sea bass with tomato vinaigrette

Total Time
25 min
15 min
10 min
Here’s one of the quickest, most delicious fish dishes we know. The sea bass is grilled along with Meyer lemons, a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange. They have a distinctive floral flavor and are less acidic than regular lemons. Look for them in larger supermarkets and specialty-food stores from about November through February; substitute regular lemons in this recipe if they’re not in season.


Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Cherry tomatoes

8 oz, (about 1 1/2 cups), diced


2 Tbsp, chopped, finely chopped


1 tsp, drained, roughly chopped


1 small clove(s), finely chopped

Fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

Extra virgin olive oil

4 tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Table salt


Black pepper

¼ tsp


2 item(s), medium, regular or Meyer variety, halved

Uncooked branzino (sea bass)

16 oz, 4 (4-ounce), skin-on


¾ pound(s), (1 bunch), trimmed


1 Tbsp, chopped fresh

Fresh parsley

2 tsp, finely chopped fresh


  1. To make vinaigrette, combine tomatoes, shallot, capers, garlic, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in small saucepan. Set aside.
  2. Spray large ridged grill pan with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat.
  3. Brush cut sides of lemons and sea bass with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place fish, flesh side down, and lemons, cut side down, in pan. Cook until fish is just opaque in center, 2–3 minutes per side, and lemons are browned on cut side only (do not turn lemons), about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring medium skillet half filled with water to boil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes; drain.
  5. Set vinaigrette over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chives and parsley.
  6. Divide fish, asparagus, and lemons evenly among 4 plates. Spoon vinaigrette evenly over fish and asparagus.
  7. Serving size: about 5 asparagus spears, 1 sea bass fillet, 2 1/2 tablespoons dressing, and 1/2 lemon