I hope this picture won’t scare too many people! We got some lovely sea bass at the local market today and regardless of moaning about Jamie Oliver in the last post, I decided to cook them with his old recipe.
Sea bass is my favourite fish and I like it cooked simply. Put finely sliced red onion, fennel bulb and a little garlic on the tray (or in a foil bag). Place the fish snugly on top of the veg, season well and sprinkle on some fennel seeds, and stuff with loads of fresh herbs. Squeeze over some lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil. Cover them tightly and cook in a preheated oven. The whole process takes less than half an hour!
It’s so juicy when you cook whole fish like this and you don’t need any fancy sauce. I think that the aniseed flavour of the fennel works really well. I’m used to eating these kind of plain recipes as I had fish or seafood almost every day when I was in Japan. Although you can get decent fish in this country, you just can’t beat the varieties there… I’ve made myself homesick…