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Grilled Sea Bass with Chili-Lime Dressing

Chef John

"While this recipe for grilled sea bass with an Asian chile-lime dressing is super-fast and easy, it doesn't taste or look super-fast and easy. Your guests will be impressed, and it will be our little secret. I served mine with some caramelized parsnips."
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25 m servings 155 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 155 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 3g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 775 mg
  • 31%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Whisk garlic, lime zest, rice vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, chile pepper sauce, and sesame oil in a glass bowl.
  3. Brush both sides of sea bass fillets with vegetable oil and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  4. Cook on the preheated grill until fish is opaque, shows good grill marks, and springs back when pressed lightly, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer fillets to a serving platter.
  5. Whisk dressing again; taste and and adjust seasoning. Drizzle dressing over warm fish. Sprinkle fillets with cilantro leaves.


  • Cook's Note:
  • An easy technique for mincing garlic is to shred it on a Microplane®.

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  1. 22 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is the most delicious fish I have ever made or even had. I used tilapia instead of sea bass because I didn't want to bother with my grill, and because my grocery store had a great deal on f...

Most helpful critical review

This was super super salty.

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This is the most delicious fish I have ever made or even had. I used tilapia instead of sea bass because I didn't want to bother with my grill, and because my grocery store had a great deal on f...

I tried this tonight and it was amazing! I used Sriracha for the chili sauce, and added a teaspoon of Thai Chile Ginger sauce plus a teaspoon of Ponzu Lime sauce. My husband grilled the seas b...

Very easy to make and absolutely delicious!

I use this dressing on steak, pork, fish, chicken, and even white rice! Everything is amazing with this dressing. I put it in a saucepan on low heat for a while to meld the ingredients. This is ...

I watched the video, and Chef John said this sauce would be good on chicken or other types of fish. The fish market had no sea bass today, so I bought some salmon. Right before dinner, it star...

Love! Super easy. I did a little more Asian style with some sautéed bok choy, mushrooms and bean sprouts. You really can’t go wrong sea bass.

Easy to make. My family loved it.

It's very nice and we will definitely make it again! I didn't have the fish sause, so I added one teaspoon of soya sauce instead. Also, one tablespoon of lime and lemon zest. Perfect.

Very Good!! I didn't have a fresh lime so I zested a lemon and used bottled lime juice. I agree that it was a bit salty but not so much as to rate it a 1 or 2 star. Maybe different brands of a...