CATCH INFO: Fish Landed @ Wilmington, NC
Catch method: bottom trawl and pot/trap
“What does Black Sea Bass taste like?”
We are glad you asked. Here are two answers:
1. Black Sea Bass is a mild/sweet fish with a firm texture that holds up well to a range of cooking methods. It is great pan seared, grilled, steamed, or baked. As a star in Chinese cooking it loves Asian flavors such as lemongrass, ginger, and cilantro. It’s also our favorite fish to roast whole.
2. Black Sea Bass is a type of Grouper.
Yes, you heard that right. Black Sea Bass is in the family Serranidae along with the other Groupers we sell at Locals Seafood. They are not exactly the same because they are in different subfamilies. If you know the flavor of Grouper, however, you will have an idea what to expect with Black Sea Bass. A main difference is size. Black Sea Bass average 2-3 lbs while Groupers are much larger. Consider Black Sea Bass the Grouper’s smaller cousin who if given the chance can be the life of the party.
Another thing about Black Sea Bass, also known as “Black Bass” or “Sea Bass”, is its attractive skin. Its distinctive black diamond shape can impress on the plate. For this reason chefs like to pan sear Sea Bass to highlight the crispy and tasty colorful skin.
Check out this site and video to learn how to get the perfect pan sear.
For trying out Sea Bass in its Asian-inspired glory, we suggest you pre-order a whole fish. Simply stuff the cavity with lemongrass, cilantro, ginger, and the like before you bake or grill. To get Asian flavor into a fillet, try this recipe Seared Sea Bass with Spicy Lemongrass Crust.
Note: Black Sea Bass is in no way related to the “Chilean Sea Bass”. The name “Chilean Seabass” was invented by a fish wholesaler named Lee Lantz in 1977. He was looking for a name that would make the “Patagonian Toothfish” attractive to the American market. The Patagonian Tooth Fish aka “Chilean Sea Bass” is in the family Nototheniidae and not related to Black Sea Bass. When in doubt you can always rely on the formal classification names of any fish to know what you are eating.