Sweet and Sour Pan-Fried Sea Bass

Total Time: 25 minutes Serves: 4


3 tablespoons dried cranberries

¼ cup Sherry vinegar

Four 5-ounce sea bass fillets

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup olive oil

½ cup thinly sliced shallots

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Good pinch red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 tablespoons Italian parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

What to Do

1. Place cranberries and vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once vinegar comes to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.

2. Pat fillets dry and season with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Dredge fillets through flour and shake off excess. Heat ½ cup oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry fillets until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip and fry reverse side until golden, about 3 minutes more. Transfer fish to a plate and discard frying oil.

3. Wipe frying pan and set over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil. Once hot, add shallots and sauté until translucent but not browned, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Stir in pepper flakes, cranberry mixture, pine nuts and orange juice, and cook until reduced by a third, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, season with salt and whisk in remaining oil and parsley. To serve, spoon sauce over fish.