Asian-style sea bass fillets on a baking tray with spring onions and chillies

12 minute Sticky Asian Sea Bass

12 minute sticky Asian Sea Bass - Soft, flaky sea bass with a sweet and spicy flavour kick.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword easy, fish with sauce, quick, sea bass, spicy
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Nicky Corbishley


  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce replace with tamari for gluten free
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (the juice from half a small lime)
  • 4 Sea Bass fillets - skin on
  • 1/2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar

To Serve:

  • 1 Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro) torn
  • 1 bunch of spring onions (scallions) sliced into thin strips
  • 1 red chilli sliced thinly
  • Slices of lime


  • Preheat the oven to 200c/400f
  • Mix the oil, chilli, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and lime in a small bowl.
  • Place the sea bass fillets, skin-side down, on a baking tray. Sprinkle on the cornflour and rub it into the fish gently.
  • Spoon on the honey-soy sauce mix (it will pour off a little, but that's fine). Sprinkle on the sugar and place in the oven to cook for 8 minutes. Half-way through cooking, open the oven and baste the fish with the sauce in the tray (it will be stickier now it's been in the oven).
  • Once the fish is cooked, take out of the oven and baste again with sauce, then sprinkle the top with coriander (cilantro), spring onion (scallion) strips and slices of chilli.
  • Serve with lime slices and some boiled rice or salad.


Skin on or skinless fillets?

Go for skin on fillets (boneless). The skin will help the flesh of the fish hold together better, and will ensure the fish is more tender.

Can I cook the sea bass in advance?

No, this really needs to be cooked right before serving, otherwise the fish will be chewy instead of tender and flaky
You can mix together the sauce ingredients beforehand (cover and leave at room temperature for up to a day) to speed things up even further when you make it.

Can I make it gluten free?

Yes, swap out the soy sauce for tamari and you're good to go.
Nutritional information is per portion.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 177g | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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