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, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  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 User ID: 6907234 249400
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016 Edited Jul. 14, 2016


browns19fan User ID: 919833 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 User ID: 5959994 207435
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

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

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 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 User ID: 3098399 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 User ID: 1196484 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 User ID: 3676782 159825
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

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

Schmiedt User ID: 3889802 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 User ID: 3470085 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 User ID: 3659961 76590
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"This is fantastic and so easy to make"

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