Recipe Details

Inspired by rustic French cuisine, this dish is a celebration of big flavor. Rub sea bass in a smoky, sweet Basque mix of spices, herbs and Espelette pepper, then cook on a sizzlin’ hot plancha grill surface. Serve alongside a robust ratatouille of squash, eggplant, bell pepper, and tomatoes.

For the Ratatouille:

  1. Place all of the vegetables, except tomatoes, in large bowl with 3 tablespoons olive oil; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle vegetables with 1 tablespoon Basque rub and sea salt; toss gently to coat. Set aside.
  2. Place 3/4 cup of the tomatoes in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Heat plancha (flat cast-iron griddle) on grill over medium-high heat. Brush plancha lightly with additional olive oil. Place seasoned vegetables on the plancha. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until nicely charred and tender-crisp, turning occasionally.
  4. Add the pureed tomatoes and remaining diced tomatoes to the vegetables on the plancha; cook and stir until heated through. Remove vegetables from plancha. Keep warm. Reduce heat to medium.

For the Crusted Fish:

  1. Season both sides of fish with remaining 1 tablespoon Basque rub. Brush plancha lightly with more oil. Place fish on plancha. Cook on medium heat until fish is lightly charred and flakes easily with a fork.

For the Garnish:

  1. Plate fish atop the ratatouille or side by side then garish with parsley.


This also would make a great bruncheon menu item: serve fish with plancha grilled vegetables and eggs any style!

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This recipe makes 6 servings.