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Garlic-Lime Sea Bass

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.


4 servings

I was a chef on a dive boat, and this was one of my favorite ways to serve our fresh catch.


  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 sea bass or grouper fillets (8 ounces each)


  1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut top off of bulb. Brush with oil. Wrap in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to 350°. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Squeeze softened garlic into pan. Stir in the onion, lime juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until onion is tender.
  3. Arrange the fillets in an ungreased 11x7-in. baking dish; top with onion mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 198 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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