Golden Sea Bass Recipe
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Golden Sea Bass Recipe

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If you’ve ever tasted potato-crusted sea bass in a restaurant and wished you could have it at home, this version is for you. Store-bought potato flakes and a salad dressing mix combine for a great coating that’s a breeze to whip up. –Judi Markert, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds sea bass fillets or halibut steaks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 180 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 451mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine the potato flakes, dressing mix and pepper. In another bowl, beat the egg. Dip fillets into egg, then coat with potato flake mixture.
  2. Place in a single layer in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with butter; sprinkle with paprika.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 10-14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Golden Sea Bass in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p35

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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dig1 249400
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016 Edited Jul. 14, 2016


browns19fan 134215
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"Here I am, reviewing my own contest-winning recipe, but I want to provide a money-saving tip: you don't need to use sea bass or halibut in this dish. Any firm-fleshed white fish will do, as long as it's not a flat fillet. Norwegian cod loin is readily available where we live. It's the correct shape and the price is right. Just experiment with the cooking time a bit so that it doesn't overcook."

bubbles6259 207435
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Made this yesterday for my family. Everyone raved about it. Will certainly make it again."

jmkasprak 159828
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"I used halibut, which I found to be very much like sea bass. I cooked my portion a little bit longer than 14 minutes, and had a beautiful dinner."

Pollypurebred01 61420
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"Delicious and quick! I found it easy to cut back on the butter to make it even healthier too."

justmbeth 155809
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Fantastic fish and fantastic recipe. Added bonus that it was easy to make with ingredients on hand. I was fortunate enough to find sea bass on manager's clearance at my local grocery store (6.99/lb vs. 19.99/lb), which made this affordable this time around."

Denise Anne 159825
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"This recipe has become my families favorite Sea Bass recipe. We absolutely love it!!"

Schmiedt 136610
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"We loved it however as someone else mentioned, this particular fish is expensive even on sale. I bought it at Whole Food Market and it cost me $50 for 2lbs. We will make again but not often because of the price of the fish, not because of the recipe."

dianebartos 75378
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"This was great. I purchased sea bass at the local grocery store because it was on sale. I have never cooked with sea bass before. My husband even like it!"

tamayo 76590
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"This is fantastic and so easy to make"

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