Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Crab Mash

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Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Crab Mash

This is really all about the mash-a delicious concoction of potatoes, cream cheese, butter and brown crabmeat. Not rich at all -not a bit. You could serve this with any white fish or even serve it as the star of the show with perhaps a poached egg.


  • 400g floury potatoes such as Maris Piper, peeled and halved or quartered if large
  • 45g butter
  • 75g cream cheese
  • 400g brown crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • A few shakes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 sea bass fillets, scaled and de-boned
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Crab Mash


  1. Put the potatoes into a saucepan filled with salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for about 20 minutes until cooked through. Drain well and pass the potatoes through a potato ricer or mash until smooth.
  2. Beat in 30g butter, the cream cheese, crabmeat, sour cream, mustard, milk and Tabasco. Season with salt and white pepper. Keep warm in a low oven while you cook the fish.
  3. Heat the olive oil and remaining 15g butter in a frying pan and cook the sea bass fillets, flesh-side down, over a high heat for 1-2 minutes. Turn the fillets over press down with a spatula to flatten the fish which will curl up at the sides. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and season with salt and black pepper. Scatter over the chives.
  4. To serve, put a couple of generous tablespoons of crab mash onto each dinner plate. Arrange two fillets on top and drizzle over any butter from the frying pan. Serve immediately. 
Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Crab Mash