Sunday, 21 January 2018

Oven-Grilled Whole Sea Bass with Lemon
柠檬烤鲈鱼

Sea bass is the most sort after food-fish in Singapore. Locals calls it Jin Mu Lu. Sea bass has low calorie, low cholesterol, high protein and omega-3 fatty acid content, it's the fish equivalent to chicken breasts. Sea bass is often used for steaming in Chinese cooking.  I never thought of grilling the sea bass until I saw a photo from "beitaichufang", a gourmet lifestyle and food magazine based in China. The grilled fish looks so delicious !


While grilling outside is not possible, I decided to use the grill function in my oven .  The method is healthy and quick. You won't need to flip the fish during the cooking process. Place the fish on foil, seasoning with white wine, salt and pepper; a light brush of oil over the fish to hold the seasonings in place; stuff with lemons ,onions and ginger.  Grill until slightly charred and cooked through, 30 minutes. The result is a nice crisp top and bottom and tender meat on the inside.

Grilled Seabass with Lemon
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium size sea bass (cleaned and scaled)
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ginger slice
  • 5 garlic cloves,  peeled 
  • 1 purple onion, sliced
  • 2 lemons, 1 sliced, 1 juiced


Directions:
  1. Cut 3 slits on both sides of sea bass.  Place the fish in the center of an aluminum foil sheet. 
  2. Drizzle wine all over fish,  rub fish with salt , black pepper and olive oil. Stuff a few slice of lemon, ginger and onion into the stomach area. Place the rest of the ginger , onion, and garlic cloves on the fish and around the body.
  3. Preheat oven@160degC.
  4. Put into oven and grill uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and drizzle lemon juices over fish.  Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve.

Recipe adapted here.

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