Braised whole sea bass with chermoula

Sea bass makes an impressive meal, and its delicious flesh is moist, tender and sweet. Here it’s stuffed with an exotic Moroccan-style fresh herb and spice mixture called chermoula, then braised on a bed of vegetables.

Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4servings 20minutes + at least 30 minutes marinating 55minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 20minutes + at least 30 minutes marinating
Cook Time
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  1. Cut about six deep, diagonal slashes in the flesh on each side of the fish. Place it in a wide, non-metallic dish.
  2. Put the garlic, chili pepper, cilantro, paprika, cumin, oil and lemon juice in a food processor and process until blended and finely chopped. Season to taste. Spread about half of this 'chermoula' inside the fish and into the slashes. Cover the fish and the remaining chermoula, and leave in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to marinate.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Drop the beans into a pot of boiling water and blanch for 1 minute, then drain and refresh in cold water. Thinly slice the potatoes and spread in a shallow layer with the scallions in a wide, deep ovenproof dish. Scatter the beans, tomatoes and olives over the top.
  4. Pour the stock over the vegetables and place the fish on top. Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  5. Serve the whole fish with the vegetables on a platter, with the reserved chermoula as a sauce.
Recipe Notes

Variation: If you prefer, use 4 small fish, or 4 steaks. Cook the vegetables on their own for 30 minutes, then arrange the whole fish or steaks on top and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily.

Each serving: 38.5 g protein, 27.5 g fat of which 4.5 g saturates, 21.5 g carbohydrate, 5 g fibre, 500 Calories