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Best Honey Sea Bass

My Honey Sea Bass Fillets are not only delicious but make the perfect quick yet elegant dinner.

For the longest time I was always apprehensive about cooking my own sea bass at home. It’s something I always ordered when dining out. 

Then I noticed Costco started carrying sea bass. I decided to give it a try. I’m pretty sure my sea bass recipe is now one of my husbands favorite meals!

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process shot of all of the ingredients needed to prepare this sea bass recipe

What is Sea Bass

Sea bass, aka Chilean sea bass is a thicker white fish. It’s a deep water species and also is known as a toothfish. 

Why is Chilean Sea Bass so delicious

In my opinion, it’s the thickness and it also carries a buttery taste to it. Though my recipe is honey glazed, sea bass can be enjoyed with many different flavor profiles.

This recipe uses honey, lemon and dill with a honey bbq seasoning, Other flavor combinations such as soy sauce, orange juice, a lime honey glaze or honey mustard would be good as well. 

Because sea bass is thick, it would also be good in a marinade. 

Where can I buy Sea Bass

Sea bass can be found at your local meat market or a grocery store that carries fresh seafood. However Chilean sea bass can carry a hefty price tag. I found the best prices to be at Costco. 

Costco runs about $35.00 for a pound. 

close up picture of sea bass filets in the pan

What occasion is good for eating this type of fish

I think this recipe is great for 2 people. It’s makes for an elegant dinner or celebrating a special occasion like New Years Eve, Valentines Day or a date night in. With the higher price tag, I wouldn’t use sea bass for entertaining. 

How to prepare Sea Bass

Normally I would say start with seasoning the fish skin side down. But since my fish was kind of an odd shape, you can slice it into 3 or 4 pieces and season the sides instead. 

You will want to use a non stick pan. After preheating and adding olive oil, place the fillets inside the pan on their side and let it sear. When you go to flip the sea bass over, that is when you will add the honey, dill and lemon.

Squeeze the lemons over the fish first then place the slices on top. By squeezing out the lemon juice, it will help all the flavors come together.

This dish cooks up fast and will be done in under 15 minutes. 

If you prefer baking your fish, you can. 

lemon slice on top of fish

Substitutions for Honey Bbq Seasoning

I use Honey BBQ seasoning from Flavor God because their seasonings are clean, low in sodium and pack a lot of flavor. 

If you don’t have this and are looking for another substitute, you can use any type of honey bbq spice or rub. 

What side dishes are good to serve with this recipe

Mash potatoes are delicious or a cauliflower mash. White rice and sweet potatoes are good as well. For vegetables, anything green will be tasty. Sautéed spinach, roasted asparagus, zucchini noodles, or roasted brussel sprouts would all be excellent choices.

honey sea bass in the pan getting ready to serve it

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Let’s get cooking!

honey sea bass

Best Honey Sea Bass

An elegant and delicious Chilean Sea Bass great for date night or any special occasion. Seared to perfection and ready in under 15 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 299 kcal


  • large non stick skillet
  • tongs or a spatula


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 pound chilean sea bass
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons honey bbq seasoning
  • 4 lemon slices
  • kosher salt as needed
  • 2 tablespoons dill chopped
  • 4 teaspoons honey


  • Preheat a large skillet on medium/low heat. Add the olive oil. Season the sea bass filets with the honey bbq and a dash of salt.
  • Add the to the pan and turn the heat down to low. Sear for 4 minutes and then carefully flip it over. Season the other side of the sea bass. Let sear for 2 minutes. Then drizzle the honey over the fish. Add the dill on top and then squeeze the lemon on top and set the lemon wedges on top. Let the sea bass cook for another 3 minutes.
  • When done, remove it from the heat and serve immediately. Add another touch of salt if needed.
  • Enjoy!


Please Note:
I use Honey BBQ seasoning from Flavor God. You can substitute with a different brand if you like. 
The best prices for sea bass is at Costco. 


Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 14gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 299IUVitamin C: 58mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Sea Bass, Seafood
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