Pan Seared Sea Bass with Sweet Soy Glaze

Sea Bass: I like you. I like you a lot.  You’re easy. You’re fancy. You’re versatile.

You’re tasty. You’re perfect for dinner parties.
And that’s just what I did with you a couple weekends ago.
And it’s tricky to keep coming up with statements about you
in first person so I’m switching to third (do I have that right? It’s been a
while since I’ve taken an English class).
Sea bass is so easy to prepare! And it seems so much fancier
than salmon so it’s perfect for a special occasion.  For our dinner I marinated the fish in a sweet soy-sauce based marinade,
pan seared it for a few minutes to caramelize the top,
then finished roasting it in the oven.
10 minutes cooking time, and very little manual labor. Which, by the way, is the key to a successful dinner party.  Simplicity = calm and relaxed pre-dinner prep, a highlight of great ingredients, and more time for wine.

PS – You may have noticed how good the
photos look in this post.  It’s safe to assume these photos were NOT
taken by me, but rather by my more photography-inclined friend Jessica.
With her iPhone. Same as mine. How did she do it???!!
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic (jar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 sea bass fillets, skin removed

Mix all marinade ingredients,
and marinate fish in a large Ziploc bag for 1-3 hours.  Preheat the oven
to 400.  Coat a nonstick grill pan with oil, and heat over medium
high.  Add the fish; brown the first side for 3 minutes, flip for 1-2
more minutes, then transfer the pan to the oven (make sure it’s oven
safe), until fish is flaky – about 6-7 more minutes.  Serve with a popover.   (everything should be served with a popover).