Family Dinner

by Kelli H. on April 27, 2011

Monday nights dinner was very simple and unexpected.  My dad had caught a striped sea bass on his boat on Sunday so I got to reap the benefits. I really don’t know much about striped sea bass and had never cooked it before so I had no idea what to do with it. I also had no idea what it looked like so I included that picture for ya’ll. The skin was really pretty!  Last week I made a recipe called panko crusted salmon so I basically did the same thing but with sea bass. Unfortunately, I was pretty much out of panko and had to mix it with bread crumbs (not my favorite).  It still turned out excellent though.  I brushed it with dijon mustard, and then mixed the bread crumbs/panko with lemon zest, S&P, flat leaf parsley, and olive oil. I then smushed it–yes, smushed it– onto the sea bass and stuck it in the over at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.  It was cooked perfectly and had a delicious flavor.  
I served this with  my favorite salad.  It’s red leaf lettuce, chopped apple, craisins, walnuts, and blue cheese dressing. As you can see, I LOVE this salad and was totally happy having the salad take up most of my plate. 
This dinner was really only made because of some unexpected fish!  I’m so thankful I get to eat such fresh fish since I never buy it in the stores.  I hate farm raised fish and have a weird tendency to think store bought fish tastes funny (I know, it’s all in my mind!). Luckily, my dad’s favorite hobby is fishing and I’ve been so fortunate to eat all kinds of fresh halibut, salmon, rock fish, and now striped sea bass. 
In the panko/bread crumb mixture I have Meyer lemon zest from my Nanny’s Meyer lemon tree.  She is constantly giving away her Meyer lemons and I love receiving them.  It’s so nice being able to have tons of lemons available for baking, eating fish, making lemonade, or whatever!  I hate when I have to buy lemons at the store.  Sometimes up to 79 cents for one! It’s crazy! 
My salad has walnuts from my Aunt Betty’s tree in her backyard. I get a huge bag every year from her tree and it’s become a tradition for my mom and I to crack them together at her house.  We use hammers and sit on the floor in their shop.  I love it! 
It was a delicious light dinner and I felt pretty special that 3 parts of the meal came from my family.  It’s nice  eating locally and organic when it’s given to you for free. : ) Thanks guys!

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Ali April 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I don’t love fish but your salad sounds amazing! I will have to add it into my lunch rotation!

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Janet April 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The fish sounds really good, I’ll have to try it with Trader Joe’s sole or cod, yum

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Anonymous May 8, 2011 at 2:36 am

I made this tonight with salmon. It took me less then 10min. to prepare and and 15min took cook. I love tasty easy meals. Thanks for sharing this one.
Uncle Mark gave it a perfect 10!

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Made in Sonoma May 8, 2011 at 2:38 am

@Anonymous

Awww…Thanks Aunt Shellie! I love it on salmon too. So easy! I’m glad you guys liked it.

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