Archive of BBC Food Recipes

Sweet and sharp sea bass

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking
A dazzling little starter for a special lunch. Impressive and refreshing, this recipe uses fresh citrus juice to ‘cold cook’ the fish – so no actual cooking needed. Make a few hours or a day ahead.


  1. Squeeze the juice of the passion fruit, seeds and all, limes and orange into a bowl. Scrape in the seeds of one vanilla pod and mix well.

  2. Cut the sea bass into thin slivers and arrange neatly on a large plate. Pour over the juice, almost submerging the fish. Scatter over slices of red and yellow chillies and cover the plate with a piece of kitchen film. The sea bass is actually going to be 'cooked' by the acidity in the dressing so leave in the fridge for at least an hour or even overnight.

  3. When you are ready to serve, add some finely chopped chives and pick some coriander leaves over to top to finish.


  • 3 passion fruit
  • 2 limes
  • 1 orange
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 fillets sea bass
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 yellow chilli
  • small handful chives
  • small handful coriander

Shopping List

Sweet and sharp sea bass

Fruit and vegetables

Cooking ingredients

Meat, fish and poultry

This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes
This site is under development - You can use it, but some things are not completed and may not be quite right!