Whole sea bass with broccoli, chilli and garlic

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Whole sea bass with broccoli, chilli and garlic


1 sustainable whole wild sea bass (around 1.5kg), gutted, scaled and gills removed (ask the fishmonger to do this)
Olive oil for rubbing, frying and drizzling
250g purple sprouting broccoli, thick stems halved lengthways
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ small red chilli, seeds removed, thinly sliced
Juice ½ lemon, plus extra wedges


1- .Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Score the sea bass skin and flesh several times on each side using a sharp knife, season with sea salt and rub with olive oil. Heat the grill to high, put the fish on an oiled, lipped baking sheet and grill for 5 minutes on each side until the skin is crisp and tinged with gold. Put in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes (see tip). To test if it’s done, push a skewer into the thickest part of the fish, normally behind the head, then check the skewer is hot. Put the fish on a serving platter with a few lemon wedges.
2- Cook the broccoli in boiling salted water for 2 minutes then drain and pat dry. While the broccoli is cooking, heat a little olive oil in a medium frying pan and fry the garlic and chilli over a low heat for 2-3 minutes. Increase the heat and add the broccoli. Drizzle with a little more olive oil, add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, then toss well to combine for about 1 minute. Serve alongside the fish.

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