Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Oven-Roasted Sea Bass with Spiralized Veggie Stir-Fry

Today, I feel like posting something pretty. Oh, I know those Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes were gorgeous in their own way 😉 But this dish is beautiful in it's own way! I mean, who doesn't love colorful food? That little saying "Eat the rainbow" comes to mind for me. I love eating the rainbow! And that's kind of what I was aiming for with this dish...

This is really just a simple stir-fry. I spiralized zucchini, an assortment of peppers, and some red onion for a nice array of color. I really do love that spiralizer. And with cutting the veggies so thin, the stir-fry takes minutes.  Yes, I said minutes. Cook them any longer and you end up with mushiness. Yuck. I found 2-3 minutes was more than enough time to cook these veggies.

Funny insert- I was just typing in the word "veggies" and as normal with any typist, sometimes the letters are wrong and auto-correct inserts itself. It happens to all of us. Anyways, I thought I typed in the word "veggies". When I went to re-read the paragraph, this is what I read:

"2-3 minutes was more than enough time to cook these teddies."

Oh man, I had a good laugh. Hide your teddy bears, one and all! 🐻

Sooooo.... sea bass. I've really been trying to watch what I buy this year. To speak with my dollars, if you will. I've been trying to eat less meat and only meat that is raised responsibly. This is expensive and hard to find where I live, so I don't eat a lot of meat. Fish rocks my world though. I try to eat it whenever I can. The only problem is the fish industry can be, well, quite fishy. Depending on where it's from, it could be not as healthy as it's perceived to be. Such as some farm-raised products from China and Thailand, like shrimp and tilapia.  I do not like what I've read regarding these products, so I limit how much I buy. I do keep in mind that there are sides to each story and lots of money in the form of lobbiers in the industry, so I try to take what I read with a grain of salt. 

That being said, I have been buying Wild Alaskan-caught salmon and I recently found Mediterranean Sea Bass. Sea Bass doesn't seem to have as bad of a reputation, and (here's the biggie!) it's delicious.

Roasting fish with a little compound butter is one of my favorite ways to prepare fish. It's soooooo easy. I mixed some unsalted butter with a little shallot and fresh thyme and then slathered it all my fish-

I roasted mine at 350º for about 17-20 minutes for the perfect fork-flaky tenderness.

And then, it was time for those veggies! 

I spiralized until my cutting board looked like this. Oh, that rainbow.  

This is one dish that you could probably eat the whole skillet of and you'd have no reason to feel guilty. 

I put the fish right on top of the stir-fry and voila! A delicious, healthy, visually pleasing, and completely satisfying dinner. Done. 

I still swear by my sprializer. If someone tries to take it from me, they'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands! 😂

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Ingredients (serves 3):

Sea Bass-
3 (8 oz) sea bass filets, fresh or frozen
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper

Veggie Stirfry-
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium zucchini, spiralized
1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 orange bell pepper; spiralized
1/2 red onion, spiralized
2-3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350º and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Place sea bass filets on baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine butter, shallot, and thyme. Place a good-size dollop of butter mixture on each fillet. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each filet. Place baking sheet in oven, and bake for 17-20 minutes. Fish is done when it has begun to brown and flakes easily with a fork. Remove from oven, set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. When warm, add zucchini, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Place a large scoop of veggie stir-fry on plates and top with a sea bass filet. Serve immediately. 

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  1. Replies
    1. Happy Wednesday Aunt Steph And Uncle Jack! 😁😘

  2. Oh that does look good! A feast for the eyes and the tummy!

    1. I'm one of those foodies who really does think a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy is the best!! 😁

  3. That is a beautiful dish, even without any teddy bears :)
    We have been talking about getting more fish in our diet, and part of the problem is accessibility to good fish. And the second, is knowing what to do with it! It stems from living in Iowa so many years I think, there just was NO seafood. So I didn't grow up knowing it at all. I can do this though. You keep inspiring me :) :)

    1. I feel ya! All those years living in Oregon, I had no idea it was so hard to get seafood in the Midwest! Accessibility to the good stuff is imperative. I still remember one of the first frozen salmon's I bought here in Kentucky tasted like it had been in Walmart's freezer for 10 years. So gross. It does take time to figure out what works, but for me, it's been worth it 😀 I hope you are able to find some Kris!

  4. Watch out teddy bears!! Though I'm not sure they's spiralize all that well any way. ;-) What a delicious looking dinner!

    1. Ha ha! Yeah, I agree, spiralized teddy bears probably won't end up on the menu 😂 Probably 😉

  5. What a beautiful plate of food! I love sea bass (that is the nickname of my oldest son)and now have found a new way to use that spiralizer of mine!!

    1. Sea bass is yummy! I actually only had it for the first time a couple of years ago, I had no idea what I was missing! 😀


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