Lemony Baked Seabass with Breadcrumbs

by Laura

Seabass is my favorite fish, and SURPRISE, it is also super expensive, so I will start by saying you can use any budget-friendly mild fish (e.g. tilapia). Some reviewers of the original recipe even said they tried it with good results on chicken, which I may try next. If you need to make a meal for a special occasion though, I recommend splurging on the seabass. The recipe below is for just two, so make adjustments as necessary.

Seabass with Breadcrumbs

adapted from Dave Lieberman

2 Chilean Seabass filets (about 6 oz. each)

1.5 slices bread (I used an old loaf of multigrain sandwich bread I was trying to get rid of!)

2 tbsp butter plus one pad large enough to coat whatever baking dish you're using

1 lemon

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves chopped

2 cloves garlic

1/3 cup flat parsley leaves, chopped

Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 and place your baking dish with the pad of butter in the oven to melt the butter. Cut the bread into small pieces. I cut the bread into about 6 narrow rows and then again in the opposite direction to make small crumb-size pieces. (The original recipe has you do this with a food processor but this took just a couple minutes and no food processor to wash!).

Heat the remaining butter plus the smashed garlic cloves in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Once it starts bubbling a little bit remove it from the heat. By now the butter should be melted in the baking dish. Remove it from the oven and place your fish filets in the dish. Season with salt and pepper. Zest the lemon over the fish and sprinkle thyme over that, followed by a healthy squeeze of lemon juice. 

Going back to your melted butter garlic mixture, remove the garlic clove if you're scared of too much garlic. Alternatively, you can kind of mash it up in the butter with a spoon so it is in a few pieces. Add the breadcrumbs, parsley and salt and pepper to the butter mixture and stir. Place spoonfuls of the breadcrumbs over the fish (I had more than would fit on top - don't throw it away! Just add them around the fish - they end up crunchy and delicious!)

Bake fish with breadcrumbs in the oven for 12-15 minutes. So good!!

Final product served with baked sweet potato disks and sautéed spinach and kale.