Grilled Sea Bass.

One fish. Two fish. I love all fish.

Growing up (we are talking about the younger years here - think elementary and middle school) my parents had a specific rotation of meals that they would make for dinner. Spaghetti. Grilled chicken with BBQ sauce. Poor man's beef stroganoff. Meatloaf. Mom - I love you, but your repertoire for family was not the most ground-breaking.

From time to time they would attempt branching out and make something crazy, like fish. My brother would refuse to eat it and would pour himself a bowl of cereal. My sister, well, she didn't like it at all. Me however? I enjoyed trying something new. I think getting out of our normal routine of food and much to my surprise, I found that I really liked fish. It wasn't until high school and college that my mom fully embraced cooking new things and broadening her horizons. And thus began my love for cooking and all things food related. 

Living in the city has many perks. I wouldn't trade many things in my life right now. That being said, not having access to a grill kind of takes the fun out of summer cooking. I mean, the thought of grilling beer brats on a George Foreman makes me want to hang my head in shame and drink away my sorrows with the leftover Budweiser. Moral of the story - make friends with someone that has a rooftop and grill.

My mother has been trying to months to get my to make this recipe for grilled sea bass. Living in a studio, I didn't have a grill. However, I finally bite the bullet and cooked at a friends house. The richness of the butter. The combination of flavors and spices. It almost makes me want to go against all my own rules and find someone special to make dinner for. Or not. Sea bass, wine and my HBO Go account sounds just find to me. 

Tommy

| Grilled Sea Bass |

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
lemon pepper to taste
sea salt to taste
2 pounds sea bass
3 tablespoons butter
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

  1. Preheat grill for high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, and sea salt. Sprinkle seasonings onto the fish.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the garlic and parsley.
  4. Remove from heat when the butter has melted, and set aside.
  5. Lightly oil grill grate. Grill fish for 7 minutes, then turn and drizzle with butter. Continue cooking for 7 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.