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Quick Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Caper Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Serves 4
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If you like fresh but sophisticated seafood meals that are still easy-to-make, you’ll love this quick and easy Chilean sea bass with lemon caper Sauce recipe!

At Lake Geneva Country Meats, we’re well known for our meats, but we also offer a large selection of frozen seafood, including Chilean sea bass.

Chilean sea bass is renowned for its luscious, buttery texture and delicate flavor. Our Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce recipe complements the flavor and texture of the fish with tangy, briny, and zesty flavors from the sauce. It’s a match made in heaven!

While it may sound intimidating, it’s easy to make the sauce we use in this recipe, so you should be able to skip to the recipe and get cooking. However, if you have questions or want to learn more about Chilean sea bass, check out these commonly asked questions.

Why do you stock frozen seafood and not fresh seafood?

There are three main reasons why we offer frozen seafood as our primary seafood option at LGCM:

  1. Frozen seafood is flash frozen right after it is picked to maintain optimal quality – which is very important in the middle of America!
  2. Many more items are available frozen because we’re not locked into any
  3. The price of frozen seafood is much lower than fresh seafood!

If you’d like to learn more about why we have frozen seafood and how to quickly defrost frozen seafood, read this blog post.

PS – if you’d like fresh Chilean sea bass, or any other seafood item, give us a call at 262-248-3339 and we can help you special order your favorite fresh fish!

What exactly is Chilean sea bass?

Despite its name, Chilean sea bass is not exclusive to Chilean waters, nor is it a sea bass!

Originally known as Patagonian Toothfish, and then renamed to be more marketable (who wants to eat a toothfish?), Chilean sea bass is primarily found in the cold, deep seas of the Southern Ocean, including the waters around Chile, but it is also found in other regions like Australia and New Zealand.

Chilean sea bass is not commonly farmed, and is mostly available wild-caught since the ice-cold waters that it inhabits are hard to reproduce in an aquaculture environment. At Lake Geneva Country Meats, we offer wild-caught Chilean sea bass for you to enjoy!

What does Chilean sea bass taste like?

Chilean sea bass is one of the most sought-after fish in the culinary world, with a mild, delicate, and succulent flavor that has a hint of natural sweetness.

When cooked properly, Chilean sea bass is moist and tender, with a high oil content that contributes to the luscious texture and helps keep the fish moist during cooking.

Chilean sea bass can highlight a number of complementary flavors such as light citrusy marinades, savory herb rubs, complex miso-based preparations, or bright & briny sauces like we use in our Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce recipe!

What do you recommend serving with this Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce recipe?

You can serve this Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce with a variety of side dishes, but our go-to side dishes for fresh seafood dishes like this one include:

  • Mixed green salads
  • Rice pilaf
  • Roasted baby potatoes
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Sautéed green beans
  • Steamed asparagus

Do you have a wine pairing suggestion that makes this Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce even yummier?

You know us; we love a good wine pairing! This dish can definitely be made to pop with a great wine pairing! Here are some suggestions:

  • Albarino – this Spanish white grape has a salty and citrusy note that plays perfectly with the briny lemony flavors of the sauce!
  • Pinot Grigio – a quality Italian Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige will bring minerality and citrus fruit to your Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce.
  • Sauvignon Blanc – a zesty Sauvignon Blanc brings acidity and bold fruit flavors to this dish. Look for wine from New Zealand or Sancerre, France to go with this dish.

Do you have other Chilean sea bass recipes?

If our Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce isn’t your ideal way of cooking Chilean sea bass, try these recipe ideas:

If you have any tweaks or feedback you made to this recipe, we’d love to hear them. Please leave us a comment or rating below with your thoughts. Now, on to our quick and easy Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce recipe!


  • 4 fillet Chilean Sea Bass (skinless & 6 – 8 oz each)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour (for dredging)
  • 2 Tbsp Butter (preferably unsalted butter)
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp Capers (drained and rinsed)
  • Parsley (fresh and finely chopped)


  1. Defrost the Chilean sea bass fillets if frozen, and remove from the packaging. Pat dry and season both sides with salt and pepper.

  2. Dredge the fillets lightly in flour, shaking off any excess flour from the Chilean sea bass.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the fillets to the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer the cooked fillets to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

  4. n the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, chicken (or vegetable) broth, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan and let the sauce simmer for about 2 minutes.

  5. Stir in the capers and chopped parsley. Season the sauce with salt and black pepper to taste.

  6. Pour the lemon and caper sauce over the Chilean Sea Bass fillets, and garnish with additional parsley or lemon wedges if desired.

    Enjoy your Chilean sea bass with lemon caper sauce. Cheers!

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