Sunday, April 18, 2010

Grilled Sea Bass and Fingerling Potatoes with Asian Slaw and Caper Citrus Sauce

This awesome meal is adapted from Sunset magazine.

I love meals that incorporate cabbage. This is only a quasi-Asian meal. Traditional cole slaw is not something we like (due to mayo & sugar), so I came up with our own version of "slaw". It's crisp, fresh-tasting, and tart. You can add mayo if you must.

Sea Bass can be VERY expensive, but I happened to come across some at Costco for a good deal. The fingerling potatoes are a fun side dish when you consider they include purple potatoes, and the caper-citrus sauce really brings the meal together while still keeping it light. Just try not to burn the potatoes like I did.


Prepare a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°).

Coat 1½ lbs. fingerling potatoes, sliced lengthwise, with olive oil. Lay a cooling rack on half of cooking grate and spread potatoes out evenly. Grill until brown, turning, then transfer to a platter and sprinkle with ½ tsp. kosher salt and some chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Rub 4 striped bass fillets (recipe says "with skin on", but I had skinless fillets- about 2 lbs.), halved, with 1 tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Grill on oiled grate, turning once, until grill marks appear, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine:

2 tbsp. chopped capers
1 tsp. each fresh lemon juice and zest (I used lime juice & zest)
1/3 cup mayonnaise (I used 1 Tbsp. only)

Serve the fish with lemon/lime wedges, potatoes, caper mayonnaise and cabbage slaw (recipe below).


1/3 head green cabbage, roughly chopped (avoid the hard core)
1- 1 1/2 carrots, grated
2 celery sticks, sliced in half moons
1/2 cup cooked edamame beans (optional-our child ate the ones I planned to use)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or roughly 1 big handful)
1/2 tsp. grated ginger (VERY optional-but good for rounding out the Asian taste)

1 lemon or lime, juiced
Olive oil (roughly 1-2 Tbsp.---but if you want to go traditional Asian, try peanut or sesame oil)
Salt & pepper, to taste

Gently toss all ingredients together & serve. Makes approximately 3-4 servings.


  1. That all looks amazing!!! And, I've been wanting a good, healthy slaw recipe so I'll use this! I love your blog :)

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  3. Computer was accidentally logged in to husband's email, so I meant to say "thanks, I love yours!"