Pan Seared Sea Bass with Quinoa Salad

Pan Seared Sea Bass with Quinoa Salad

This Sea bass and quinoa salad recipe is really straightforward, an easy go to meal with a small amount of commitment in the kitchen.

It was a light lunch I served a few weeks ago. This is quinoa salad is one of my go to salads that I tend to make that doesn’t include greens. I add normally apple, celery, cucumber, radish, mint, and lemon.

I tend to add some sort of nut or seed as well varying from pumpkin or sunflower seeds to your favorite nut. The fish was simply topped with toasted pumpernickel bread crumbs, browned butter and grapes.

That is really all there is to this sea bass recipe. Nothing over the top and the quinoa salad is something can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here is the sea bass and quinoa recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

Sea Bass with Quinoa Salad and Pumpernickel


For the Sea Bass

  • 1 lb sea bass (cut into 4 oz pieces)
  • 1/4 cup grapes (halved)
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lemon (for juice)
  • 1/3 cup pumpernickel (toasted croutons)

Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 whole red radishes (julienne1)
  • 1 whole apple (opal, fuji etc..)
  • 1/3 cup celery (small diced and the leaves from the hearts)
  • 1 cup cucumber (small diced)
  • 2 tbsp mint ((add dill, green onion if desired))
  • 1 whole lemon (juiced and zested)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (and pepper)

How to cook to quinoa

  1. In a pot add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil with 1 tsp of salt. Add 1 cup of dry quinoa once it comes to a boil. Cover and turn down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn off the heat.

    Allow to steam for 1 minute and then take pour out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and spread thin to cool fast. Once cooled take your cooked quinoa and place in a large salad bowl

    Then add all of the rest of the ingredients, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, cucumber, diced celery- leaves into a mixing bowl.  Dice your apple and squeeze lemon juice all over the apples to prevent them from oxidising.  Add the apple to the bowl. 

    Add your chopped mint, dill, zest, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Taste the quinoa mix and adjust seasoning if need be. 

How to cook sea bass

  1. This is a great way on how to cook sea bass. In a large saute pan add 2 tbsp of oil.  Season the sea bass with salt on both sides.  Cook the fish for 5-6 minutes only on the one side.  

    When you see the fish is almost cooked on the fillet side then flip it over for 30 seconds, then take out of the pan.  Immediately add the stick of butter and allow it to brown.  

    Once browned, add the grapes and a little lemon juice. Season with salt and place the fish back in the pan and spoon the sauce overtop the fish.  To plate place a ring mold on the plate and fill it with your quinoa salad. Pressing down to compact it then lift the ring away.

    Add some micro greens on top of the salad. Take the fish out of the pan and place on the plate. Add some of the pumpernickel bread crumbs on top of the bass. Spoon a little more sauce and grapes on top.  Serve and enjoy!

    Sea Bass with Quinoa Salad and Pumpernickel


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