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  Coarse salt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Tomatoes 8 Medium, quartered and seeded
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Olives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Small, Preferably French Picholines)
  Vegetable oil 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Fresh basil 20 , rinsed and patted dry (Small)
  Sea bass fillets 24 Ounce, with skin (6, 4 Ounce Each)
  Unsalted butter 6 Tablespoon
  Red wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste

1) Preheat the oven to 175° F.
2) On the bottom of the baking sheet, spread a layer of coarse salt. Place the tomatoes on top and sprinkle sugar over it.
3) Bake the tomatoes in the oven for about 2 hours.
4) Take the pit out of the olives and chop them up fine.

5) In a skillet, heat vegetable oil over high flame. Add in the basil leaves. When the leaves float to the top, remove them onto a paper towel and drain.
6) In a large bowl, add in ice cubes into a little amount of water.
7) In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over high heat until it turns a deep golden brown. Immediately dip the pan in the bowl of ice water. This stops the cooking of butter.
8) Once the butter cools down, add in the vinegar. Keep aside.
9) In a non-stick saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Once hot, place the fish with its skin side down. Cook for about 5 minutes until they turn crisp. Cook the underside for about 3 minutes.

10) Move the fish onto the serving plate.
11) Garnish with the browned butter on the side along with sliced tomato, olives and fried basil.
12) Season the fish with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
18 Minutes
Ready In: 
28 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 547 Calories from Fat 360

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 40 g62.2%

Saturated Fat 14.7 g73.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 118.1 mg39.4%

Sodium 1426.7 mg59.4%

Total Carbohydrates 13 g4.2%

Dietary Fiber 3.8 g15.4%

Sugars 7.7 g

Protein 34 g67.8%

Vitamin A 65.7% Vitamin C 53.7%

Calcium 7.8% Iron 12.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Crispy Skin Sea Bass Recipe