Also known as:
Black sea bass
, white sea bass
, giant sea bass
, blackfish, rock bass
, seabass, Mediterranean seabass, European seabass, robalo, lubina, spigola, branzino, branzini, bronzino, or bronzini.
Waters: Saltwaters worldwide. Black sea bass
inhabit Atlantic coastal waters in the U.S., it is harvested off Cape Cod and as far south as Florida. Sea bass
are thin, dark gray or brown saltwater fish, distinguished by a sharp, bladelike upper (dorsal) fin that is usually removed by fishmongers. Giant sea bass
, a Pacific coast fish, can weigh up to half a ton or more. The black sea bass
of the North Atlantic is relatively smaller and a popular fish to purchase and cook whole.
Generally, sea bass
have tender white flesh that is firm in texture, low to moderate in fat content, and mild in flavor.
is excellent grilled, broiled, roasted, pan-fried, or steamed. Smaller specimens are particularly delicious marinated and roasted whole try not to move the fish while roasting so as to keep the skin intact. The skin of the sea bass
is edible and considered delicious.
Whole fish should look alive and be displayed over ice. Check for red gills smell for seawater freshness. If the spiny upper (doral) fin has not already been removed, ask your fishmonger to cut it off (it can be dangerously sharp). When purchasing fillets or steaks, avoid those that are skinned and precut it is difficult to be sure whether these are true sea bass
, 1 fillet (3.5 oz.) (99g) (cooked, dry heat)
Total Fat: 2.6g
Good source* of: Magnesium (53.5mg)
When cooked (dry heat), sea bass
provides 0.762 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, derived from EPA** (0.206g) and DHA*** (0.556g), per 100 grams of sea bass
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.
**EPA - Eicosapentaenoic Acid
***DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid
Substitutes for Sea Bass:
, grouper, haddock
, ocean perch, red snapper, striped bass
is not a particular fish but a general term to denote any of various saltwater fish that are not necessarily of the bass
The many varieties of freshwater bass
include largemouth, redeye, rock, shoal, smallmouth, and spotted. These densely populate North American lakes, rivers, and streams and make for excellent sport fishing, yet it is unlikely that you will find them in fish markets or on restaurant menus.
Sea Bass recipes