Baked Bass


Sprinkle fish with lemon juice and season well ahead of time, preferably overnight.

Wilt onions and bell pepper in margarine.

Add tomato sauce and whole tomatoes and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes in uncovered pot.

Add 2 cups cold water and seasoning to taste along with dash of Tabasco.

Cook for 25 over medium heat.

Add wine and pour mixture over fish you have placed in a baking dish.

Bake in 325 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Baste several times.

Sprinkle with parsley and onion tops and serve, garnishing with slices of lemon.

Serves 6.

Golden Fried Bass


Combine salt, pepper (as much or as little as you like) flour and corn meal in the ziploc bag.

Shake well.

Place fillets in a bowl full of milk.

Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Place fillets one at a time in ziploc and shake well.

Place 2 fillets in a frying pan with the vegetable oil and fry until golden brown.

Serve and enjoy.

Makes 4 servings.


Bass With Avocado Sauce


Combine the first 5 ingredients in a blender, cover and process until smooth.

Set mixture aside.

Combine lemon juice and next 3 ingredients in a shallow dish, dip fillets in lemon juice mixture and dredge in bread crumbs.

Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 450oF for 7 minutes, turn fillets over and bake an additional 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Transfer fillets to a serving platter and top with avocado sauce.

Makes 4 servings.


Bass With Cucumber Sauce


Neatly dicing the cucumber:

Peel the cucumber and halve it lengthwise, scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon.

Cut the halves into quarters and quarters into crosswise pieces 2 inches long.

Finally cut the quarters into matchstick julienne, stack the julienne and cut into dice.

The sauce:

Toss the cucumber in a bowl with the salt, sugar and vinegar.

Let stand 5 minutes or so, then fold in the sour cream.

Season carefully to taste, and fold in the dill or watercress.

The fish:

Cook fish directly in salted boiling water OR wrap tightly in greased heavy-duty aluminum foil with chopped onion, celery, salt and pepper, place in rapidly boiling water.

Cover pan, return to boil, then reduce heat to simmer 5-7 minutes cooking time per cm of thickness (10 minutes per inch) for fresh fish and 10-12 minutes cooking time per cm of thickness (20 minutes per inch) for frozen fish.

To poach smoked fillets, cover with cold milk flavored with butter, bay leaf, pepper; simmer.

-Use fresh or frozen fish.

-Use 2ml of salt per L of water (¼ tsp per quart) for fish.

To serve hot:

Remove and drain the fillets, arrange on hot plates or a platter.

Either decorate with sprigs of fresh dill or parsley and pass the sauce separately or spoon the cucumber sauce decoratively over the fish.

To serve cold:

Let the fish remain in its poaching liquid at least 20 minutes, to pick up flavor.

Remove, drain, and chill.

Serve on a bed of greens and decorate with the sauce.

Makes 6 servings.

Ahead-of-time note: May be completed hours in advance, cover and refrigerate.


Bass 'N' Beer


Sprinkle fish fillets with 1 teaspoon salt, the pepper and some paprika.

In a skillet, cook onion in butter until tender.

Stir in flour, cook and stir until brown.

Gradually stir in the beer.

Cook and stir until the mixture bubbles.

Stir in the sugar and cloves.

Add fish fillets to sauce.

Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes over low heat until fish flakes with a fork.

Remove fish to a platter.

Stir lemon juice into sauce in the skillet.

Serve sauce over fish with rice, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.


Bass Hash


Take oil from bacon, put into sauce pan.

Sautee onion and green pepper.

Set aside.

Add hash browns, fry until slightly browned.

Add lemon pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and fish.

Makes 2 servings


Broiled Bass


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Dip bass fillets into melted butter and place on non-stick broiler pan.

Sprinkle fish evenly with lemon pepper and cayenne pepper.

Place onion rings on the fillets and then sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce.

Bake for 8 minutes on center oven rack, then turn on broiler at 500 degrees and allow enough time to brown the fish and onions (3 to 6 minutes).

Remove and allow to cool for 3 minutes.

Squeeze lemon over fish and serve.

Yield: 4 servings


Cajun Fried Bass


Whisk together the Bisquick, milk and egg in a medium bowl.

Mix the cornmeal, cajun seasoning and salt in shallow dish.

Dip the fillets into the wet batter first, then dredge in the cornmeal mixture.

Fry the fillets in hot oil until golden-brown, turning once.

Drain on paper towels and serve.

Ranch dressing makes a great dipping sauce.

Makes 1 serving.


Crispy Fried Bass


Place oatmeal in a blender or food processor and process about 60 seconds.

Combine oatmeal and next 5 ingredients in a bowl.

Season with salt to taste and mix well.

Dip fish into batter, coating thoroughly.

Fry in ½ inch deep oil at 375 degrees about 2 minutes per side or until crisp and golden-brown, turning once.

Drain on absorbent paper.

Makes 1 serving.


Fancy Fried Bass


Place the flour on a plate.

Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge lightly in flour.

Melt about 2 tablespoons butter or margarine over medium heat.

Fry the fillets until golden-brown on each side and remove to a plate, keeping them warm.

If necessary add more butter or margarine to the skillet and add mushrooms and green onions.

Cook them for about 3 minutes then stir in the wine and lemon juice.

Pour this mixture over the fish and serve.

Makes 1 serving.


Fish Neapolitan


Heat vermouth in large frying pan and cook onions 2 to 3 minutes.

Add rest of ingredients except fish.

Simmer until tomatoes and peppers are soft or about 10 minutes.

Add fish and simmer until fish flakes or about 3-5 minutes.

Great low calorie meal!

Yield: 4 servings.


Grilled Bass with Mango-Basil Relish


Preheat grill to medium-hot.

Mix together mangoes, bell pepper, orange juice, lime juice and basil.

Set aside.

Brush fillets lightly with oil.

Place on grill and cook, turning once, until done, 3 to 6 minutes per side.

Remove from grill and serve with relish.

Season to taste.

Serving Size: 8


Mexican Bass with Red Salsa and Olives


Place fish in a microwave-safe baking dish.

In a food processor or blender, combine tomato paste, water, onion, garlic, cumin, chile pepper and chili powder, purée.

Spoon purée over fish.

Top with olives.

Cover and microwave on MEDIUM for 12 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

Serve with lime slices.

** Capsaicin is the ingredient in chiles that causes the burning sensation associated with fresh peppers.

It's a good idea to use rubber gloves when handling fresh chiles. (Disposable surgical gloves, available at most drugstores, work best for this.)

If you choose not to use gloves, be extremely careful not to touch any part of your body, especially your eyes.

After you've finished handling the chiles, wash your knife and cutting board with hot soapy water to ensure that there is no carry-over to other foods that may come in contact with the peppers.

Serving Size: 4


Mustard Batter Bass


In small mixing bowl, combine mustard, water, juice, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne.

Place coating mix in shallow dish.

Dip fish first in mustard mixture and then dredge in coating mix to coat.

In 10-inch skillet, heat ½ inch oil over medium heat.

Add fish.

Fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.

Turn once. Drain on plate line with a paper towel.

Serves 2


Pan Fried Bass with Maitre D' Hotel Sauce




This recipe includes a very simple sauce that enhances sauteed, broiled or baked fish.

It can be made while camping if you brought parsley and usually impresses any old "fried fish angler."

Make the sauce first.

In a bowl set the butter out to soften.

Then cream it with a fork and then a spoon until it is light and fluffy.

Work in the salt and pepper.

Mix the smashed garlic and the lemon juice, then work this liquid into the butter.

Take a bit of time to do this.

Mix in the parsley and serve in a gravy boat with a spoon.

Pan fry the bass remembering to brown the fish on both sides but not to over cook.

Serve hot on hot plates and pass the sauce.

Makes 4 servings.


Quickly Sauteed Bass Fillets



Squeeze juice of 2 lemon wedges over both sides of bass fillets.

Let stand 5 minutes.

Lightly pat dry with paper toweling.

On plate combine flour and paprika.

Dip fillets in flour to coat lightly.

In large non-stick skillet sprayed with no stick cooking spray, heat oil.

Saute fish over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until fish is opaque and just flakes easily with a fork.

Salt and pepper to taste.

In small bowl, combine all Light And Lemony Dill "Butter" ingredients.

Makes about ⅓ cup.

Serve 1 to 2 teaspoons over each serving of bass fillets or garnish each serving with remaining lemon wedges, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.


Sassy Southern Crumb-Coat Bass


Cut fish in chunks or fillets.

Rinse well, then soak in salted water 30 minutes.

Drain and rinse.

Pour milk into large, shallow bowl and add fish.

In another large, shallow bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, green onions, salt and pequin or cayenne.

Dust center edge of each lemon wedge with minced parsley, set lemon wedges aside and add any remaining minced parsley to coating mixture.

Melt butter in large, deep, heavy skillet.

Dip each piece of fish into coating, being sure to crush coating into fish for maximum flavor.

Cook fish until golden on all sides, turning as needed.

Drain on paper towels.

Serve hot, garnish each serving with a parsley-edged lemon wedge and a parsley sprig.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Sesame-Seed Bass Fillets


Lightly grease the unheated rack of the broiler pan, arrange the fillets atop the rack.

In a bowl, combine melted butter, lemon juice and parsley.

Brush fillets with mixture.

Broil fillets 4 inches from heat for 4 minutes.

Turn fillets and brush with more butter mixture.

Broil for about 5 minutes more or till the fish flakes with a fork.

Sprinkle with sesame seed.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Sauteed Smallmouth Bass


Dredge the fillets in a mix of cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.

Sautee slowly in melted butter over medium heat until well browned.

Turn, brown the other side.

When the fish has turned opaque, remove to a warm platter and garnish with parsley.

Stir the vinegar into the fat and crispies, heat and pour over the fish.

Makes 1 serving


Southern Fried Bass


Mix cornmeal, salt and pepper in plastic bag.

Shake to mix.

Heat oil in deep cast iron pot (preferably over an outdoor fish cooker).

Shake fish in cornmeal mixture and drop into hot oil.

Fry until golden brown.


Serves 4-6.


Stuffed Baked Bass


Remove the center bone from the bass but do not cut in half or behead.

Wash, pat dry, sprinkle with salt and refrigerate 45 min.

Preheat oven to 400.

To prepare stuffing, melt butter in skillet and when bubbling, saute onion, parsley and mushrooms for 5 min.

Mix in anchovies, breadcrumbs and shrimp or cooked fish.

Toss and mix in beaten egg.

Rince and dry fish, sprinkle inside with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Lard fish across back with bacon strips.

Stuff the fish and truss with skewers or sew shut.

Spread a little melted butter in a baking dish, add fish and top with onion slices and parsley.

Pour the rest of the butter over the fish and vegetables.

Bake 45 min basting frequently with wine or stock.

Add sour cream to the pan not on the fish for the last 10 min.

When fish is done remove trussing and serve on a heated platter garnished with the vegetables and covered with the sauce.

Makes 2 servings.