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For a really long time, I was so afraid of cooking fish, because I thought that I’m just not good at it. Turns out, of course, I couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone can do this. It’s simple, it’s quick and it’s sooooo tasty. Even kids will enjoy this very much.


  • Whole sea bass: 1 kg (approximately 2.2 pounds)
  • Unsalted butter: 50 grams (3 1/2 tablespoons), in chunks
  • Orange: 1 large, sliced
  • Garlic cloves: 3, finely minced
  • Fresh thyme: 5 grams (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt: 5 grams (1 teaspoon)
  • Olive oil: 20 milliliters (1 1/2 tablespoons)

Instructions to your fish guy:

Ask your fishmonger to clean and gut the sea bass, remove scales, and, if preferred, remove the head and tail. I usually leave the head.


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  • Rinse the sea bass under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Lay a large piece of aluminum foil on a baking tray, enough to wrap the entire fish.
  • Place the sea bass on the foil.
  • Season the inside of the fish with salt. Place chunks of butter, some orange slices, minced garlic, and thyme inside the cavity.
  • Arrange the remaining orange slices around and on top of the fish.
  • Seal the aluminum foil around the fish, ensuring it’s well closed.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Open the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes to allow the fish to brown slightly.
  • Let it rest for a few minutes before serving.


Kids can assist by arranging the orange slices and placing butter chunks inside the fish

Photo by Krista Gobzema

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