Latin Name: Dicentrarchus labrax
Commercially Farmed: Yes
Price Band: Medium
Cooking Method(s): Bake, Deep fry, Grill, Microwave, Poach, Shallow fry, Steam, Stir fry
Found wild from the Mediterranean to Norway in spring and summer, sea bass can grow up to 7kg. However, a combination of slow growth, late maturity, spawning aggregation, and strong summer site fidelity, plus high value of this species make it vulnerable over-exploitation and localised depletion and so needs to be carefully managed. The main Sea Bass stock around the UK was heavily over-fished but improvements to management in recent years have reduced fishing pressure and it is hoped these are maintained so the stock can recover to healthy levels. There remain issues regarding accurate data collection and compliance with management measures.
Now, thanks to farming in the Mediterranean (Sea Bass grow better in warm water), this highly rated fish is not only considerably more affordable, but available in plentiful supply all year round. The only significant difference is that farmed bass have a slightly higher fat content.
As a responsible company we are only supplying farmed Sea Bass until we feel that the UK Sea Bass population has recovered sufficiently.
Sea bass has a delightful flavour which stands on its own, but also works with stronger flavours, and is particularly popular in Thai cuisine.
Whole fish are ideal for simply gutting, scaling, stuffing with herbs and baking or grilling. Skin-on fillets (two per person from a 400-600g fish, or one from a 800g+ fish) are great for grilling or pan-frying.
High in: Protein; Thiamin; Vitamin B12; Selenium
Source of: Niacin; Vitamin B6; Potassium; Phosphorus
The sea bass we supply is farmed in the Mediterranean so this makes it readily available through the year.