Pan Fried Sea Bass with Spiced Chickpeas

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Pan fried sea bass makes an impressive main any night of the week. This is a quick and easy recipe served with spiced chickpeas, sweet roast tomatoes and a drizzle of coriander sauce.

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Close up of spiced chickpeas and roasted tomatoes

I love love love this dish. We’ve been eating more fish recently and sea bass is one of our favourites because it’s affordable and takes on flavour really well. 

For this dish I kept the sea bass really simple and just pan fried it in olive oil to make sure I got that crispy skin. 

Then it’s all about the sides! We’ve got spiced chickpeas with a delicious mix of coriander, cumin, sumac and smoked paprika. Tomatoes roasted until they’re soft and collapsing. All topped off with a bright and zingy coriander sauce.

The end result is something packed with flavour which also looks so fancy and impressive.

Overhead shot of fried sea bass and chickpeas in a blue bowl

Coriander sauce in small speckled bowl

Why we love this pan fried sea bass…

It’s an easy but impressive main course which looks beautiful which is actually super easy to put together. It’s even simple enough for a weeknight.

This is also a healthy recipe packed with good for you veggies, pulses and spices so it makes a delicious light summer dinner.

If you’re not a fan of sea bass you can switch it for a different fish of your choice. It would work great with any other white fish or even salmon fillets instead.

This recipe is gluten and dairy free so it’s great for lots of people following a special diet.

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Overhead close up of crispy fish and tomatoes in a bowl

Sea Bass with Chickpeas Ingredients

Sea Bass Fillets: I used boneless skin on sea bass fillets which were about 100g each.

Cherry Tomatoes: These are roasted until super soft and collapsing.

Chickpeas: I used tinned chickpeas which are just drained and rinsed before cooking.

Spices: The chickpeas are cooking in a combination of ground coriander, ground cumin, sumac, smoked paprika and chilli flakes.

Coriander Sauce: This is a mixture of fresh coriander, lemon juice, garlic, chilli and olive oil which is blended into a smooth sauce.

 

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How to make fried sea bass with spiced chickpeas

Make the coriander sauce: Put everything except the olive oil in a blender and blend until everything is chopped the stream in the olive oil with the motor running until you have a smooth sauce.

Roast the tomatoes: Toss the tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes until soft.

Make the chickpeas: Mix together all of the chickpea spices. Heat the olive oil over a medium-low heat, add the spices and garlic followed by the chickpeas. Allow to cook while you cook the fish.

Fry the fish and serve: Season the sea bass fillets with salt and pepper, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the fish on both sides until cooked through. Serve the dish by splitting the chickpeas between two plates and topping with the sea bass, tomatoes and sauce.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

Bowl of crispy fish, chickpeas and tomatoes

Close up of crispy skin on sea bass in a blue bowl

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Pan Fried Sea Bass with Spiced Chickpeas

Pan fried sea bass makes an impressive main any night of the week. This is a quick and easy recipe served with spiced chickpeas, sweet roast tomatoes and a drizzle of coriander sauce.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 641kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 2 Sea Bass Fillets mine were about 100g each
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 10 Cherry Tomatoes

For the Spiced Chickpeas

For the Coriander Sauce

  • 15 g Coriander
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Green Chilli deseeded
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Start by making the coriander sauce. Put the coriander, lemon juice, garlic and chilli in a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped. Keep the motor running and stream in the olive oil and blend until everything is smooth. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper then roast for 30 minutes until collapsing and soft.
  • Mix together the spices for the chickpeas and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil over a medium-low heat then add the spices and garlic and stir gently. Add the rinsed chickpeas and allow to cook gently while you cook the fish.
  • Season the sea bass fillets with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil over a high heat. When it's hot add the fish skin side down and press down gently with a spatula. Leave to cook for 3 minutes without moving it then when it releases easily from the pan flip and cook for another minute on the other side. Remove the fish to a plate.
  • Split the chickpeas between two bowls then top with the fish, add the tomatoes and top with the coriander sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Pan Fried Sea Bass with Spiced Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 641 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 181mg8%
Potassium 1137mg32%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1467IU29%
Vitamin C 69mg84%
Calcium 186mg19%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary
    23/07/2020 at 9:02 PM

    5 stars
    I love these flavors! The sumac and the coriander sauce take this one over the top!

  • Reply
    Emily
    23/07/2020 at 9:17 PM

    5 stars
    I’m trying to eat more fish lately and this fried sea bass hit the spot! I love the flavorful chickpeas too!

  • Reply
    Haley D. Williams
    23/07/2020 at 9:18 PM

    5 stars
    Love how healthy and flavorful this is! Perfectly spiced (I personally love the chickpeas the most!)

  • Reply
    Anita
    23/07/2020 at 9:24 PM

    5 stars
    Love those spice chickpeas. I can eat them just as snack. 🙂

  • Reply
    Irina
    23/07/2020 at 9:52 PM

    5 stars
    It is a great idea to serve sea bass with spiced chickpeas! Your recipe reminds me to include chickpeas in our menu. I am going to try to make it following your recipe: I just hope to get the same result as yours.:)

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