Easy Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass

Less is more when it comes to Chilean sea bass. With just a few delicious ingredients, you can prepare an amazing (and impressive!) meal that's ready in just minutes. We recommend this meal specifically for entertaining because it's so easy to prepare, you won't have to step away from your guests for long to get this delicious meal up and running.

Total Time:
20 minutes


  • 8 oz Chilean sea bass, thawed
  • 3 tsp unsalted butter 
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook's Notes

Roasted vegetables make a good pairing with Chilean sea bass. Cut the veggies up, drizzle them with olive oil, salt and pepper, then pop them in the oven for half an hour. This incredibly impressive meal can be ready in almost no time. Enjoy!


Step 1: Allow the Chilean sea bass to sit out for about a half an hour before it’s time to cook. 

Step 2: Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Stir until butter is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove butter from stove and pour into a separate dish. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. 

Step 4: Salt and pepper both sides of the Chilean sea bass. 

Step 4: Heat skillet to high heat with olive oil.

Step 5: Add fish to pan. Cook for about four minutes on one side. Flip.

Step 6: Cook the Chilean sea bass for four minutes on the other side. 

Step 7: Drizzle the lemon butter over the Chilean sea bass.  

Uncooked Chilean sea bass may be translucent before it is fully cooked. Once it is fully cooked, it should be opaque and flaky once. Thicker steaks may take longer to cook. If the Chilean sea bass does not appear to be finished cooking after four minutes on each side, pop the fish into an oven at 450 degrees to finish. Your guests will love this impressive feast!