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Recipe: Sweet and Savory Sea Bass With Stewed Cherry Tomatoes

What a catch! Easy to prepare, packed with nutrients

Sea bass topped with cherry tomatoes, crushed red pepper and lemon

You don’t need lots of ingredients or fancy techniques to create this delicious, savory-sweet entrée. Poach the fish in a simple base of olive oil, cherry tomatoes, garlic, white wine and crushed red pepper. Serve with fresh tarragon and chives. The protein- and vitamin-packed dish will be ready in half an hour. Feel free to substitute cod or flounder for the sea bass.


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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 pints cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 four-ounce pieces sea bass, cod or flounder fillet, about 3/4-inch thick
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh tarragon
8 fresh chives, thinly sliced


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, until light golden brown.
  2. Add the tomatoes, wine, salt and red pepper flakes. Cover tightly, and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until the tomatoes burst. Remove the lid, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  3. Nestle the fish in the tomatoes, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook 8 to 12 minutes, until fish is opaque throughout and flakes easily.
  4. Serve, topped with tarragon and chives.

Nutrition information

Makes: 4 servings
Per serving:

Calories: 223
Total fat: 10g
Saturated fat: 1g
Protein: 23g
Carbohydrate: 10g
Dietary fiber: 2g
Sugar: 6g
Added sugar: 0g
Cholesterol: 340mg
Sodium: 228mg

— Developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness

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