Seared Sea Bass with Lemon-Olive White Beans

A lovely way to incorporate more fish into your diet. Serve this dish with a simple side salad, a chunk of crusty whole-grain bread, and a glass of wine for a classy and healthy dinner.

Serves 4 | Time Required: 30 Minutes

Local Asian Seabass Fillet
3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
3 tablespoons Vasse Virgin Rich & Robust Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
5 garlic cloves, sliced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
8 Red Grape Tomatoes, quartered (about 1/2 cup)
2/3 cup Our Very Own Chicken Stock
1 can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
5 ounces fresh Baby Spinach
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ounce pitted Castelvetrano olives, quartered (about 1/3 cup)


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high.
  2. Remove skin and sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet; swirl to coat.
  4. Add fish; cook to desired degree of doneness, about 3 minutes on each side for medium.
  5. Remove fish from pan; discard drippings. (Do not wipe skillet clean.) Lightly tent fish with foil to keep warm.
  6. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium-high.
  7. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until light golden brown, about 1 minute.
  8. Stir in thyme and tomatoes; cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 1 minute.
  9. Add stock and beans; bring to a simmer. Add spinach in batches, and cook, tossing gently, until spinach is wilted after each addition.
  10. Stir in lemon juice, olives, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  11. Divide bean mixture among 4 shallow bowls; nestle 1 fillet into each bowl.


Recipe and Image Credit: Cooking Light


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