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Golden Sea Bass

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


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


  • 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.
  • Place in a single layer in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with butter; sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 10-14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Nutrition 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.

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  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Feb 17, 2020

    I was actually surprised it was as good as it was. I used black cod, but am anxious to try it with halibut next. Thank you.

  • Tracy
    Apr 16, 2019

    My family loved this. Do not pile potato flakes on other than what egg will hold to fillet. I made this mistake the first time and it burned the flakes.

  • Robert
    Mar 30, 2019

    Very delicious recipe and no adjustments needed

  • MarilynRaz
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  • browns19fan
    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
    Mar 29, 2014

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

  • jmkasprak
    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
    Apr 2, 2012

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

  • justmbeth
    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.