Pan fried sea bass with aubergine, chorizo and fennel

Full-on flavours tempt the taste buds in James Martin's dish of sea bass, chorizo, baby fennel and a glorious aubergine confit
By James Martin
Pan fried sea bass with aubergine, chorizo and fennel
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 4baby fennel
  • 20 g chorizo, sliced
  • 10 black olives
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pinches black pepper
  • 0.5 clove garlic, chopped
  • 10 g leaves basil
  • 30 g butter
  • 2 sea bass, skin on, but pin boned

For the aubergine confit

  • 0.5 aubergines
  • 125 ml olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 0.5 clove garlic, chopped

To serve

  • 10 g chervil


1. For the confit, set the oven to 180C/gas4. Slice the aubergine and place on a roasting try with the olive oil, shallot and garlic, and roast for 30 minutes. Remove and leave to cool in the roasting tray.

2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the fennel for three minutes, and then drain.

3. Heat 3-4 tbsp olive oil in a pan, add the chorizo, fennel, tomatoes and aubergine and season well.

4. Add the garlic and cook slowly for about two minutes to cook the chorizo. Add the chopped basil and season again if necessary.

5. While this is cooking, heat the remaining olive oil in a non-stick frying and season the bass fillets on each side. Add the butter and warm it until it is nutty brown. Add the bass fillets skin side down and cook quickly for about two minutes. When the skin is golden brown and crispy, turn over and remove the fish from the heat

6. Arrange the confit in the middle of the plate and place the sea bass on top. Garnish with sprigs of fresh chervil and serve.

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