Sautéed Striped Bass with Lemon and Herb Sauce Is the Perfect Summer Dinner


If you find sea bass to be strong-flavored, remove the pan drippings from the skillet before making the sauce for a milder final product. The wine-butter sauce is a good complement to the dish, especially with caramelized lemon notes.

Sautéed Striped Bass With Lemon and Herb Sauce on a white plate
Photo: Greg Dupree
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 (5 ounce) skin-on striped bass fillets (either hybrid striped bass or wild), patted dry

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle fillets with pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt; let stand 20 minutes.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lemons, cut sides down, and cook until lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Add olive oil, and place fillets, skin sides down, in skillet with lemon. Cook, undisturbed, until sides of skin begin to brown and fish is almost fully opaque, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. When the fillets appear to be approximately 90% cooked through, gently shake skillet. When cooked with patience, the fish will release itself from the pan, allowing you to flip the fillets without sticking. Flip fillets, and cook 1 minute. Transfer fish and lemons to plates. Cut each lemon half into 2 wedges. Wipe skillet clean.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add wine, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and butter. As butter melts, whisk to emulsify mixture. Spoon sauce over fillets. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve with a charred lemon wedge.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

290 Calories
19g Fat
3g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 fillet, 1 lemon wedge & 1 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 290
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 581mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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