This is my all time favorite way to prepare fresh Striped Bass. Other recipes call for using tomato sauce and or other ingredients that, in my opinion, mask the amazing flavor and texture of the fish. You really want to enhance that flavor instead! Try this great recipe from Legal Seafoods and I’m sure that you will be ‘hooked’.
- 2 pounds striped bass filet- carefully remove any bones
- 3 tablespoons oil
- Juice of 1 lemon (fresh)
- 4-6 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
- 2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
- Dash of cayenne pepper
Marinate the fish in the oil and lemon juice for at least 30 minutes before grilling. I typically do this in a quart sized Ziplock bag so you can easily turn it and ensure that it is fully marinated. Ensure that you have a hot grill. If you put the filet on a cold or warming grill, it will stick and ruin your meal! Grill for 10-15 minutes, turning once. Use a large and good quality spatula so you can flip the filet without crumbling it. I often times use aluminum pans, with holes so I don’t lose fish. You can also use a grilling basket. The length of time depends upon the thickness of the fillet.
Heat the butter in a saucepan and stew the garlic for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Do not let it brown. Add the basil and a dash of cayenne pepper. Remove the pan from the heat. Either pour the garlic butter over the top of the fish just before serving, or serve it in a sauce-boat on the side. Garnish with a full bud of basil leaf and serve immediate. (Serves 4)