Sea Bass Puttanesca in a Foil Pouch

Sea bass gets dressed and poached in a Puttanesca style dressing and cooked on the grill in foil.  No messy clean-up and healthy as can be!


  • 3 tablespoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 4 scallions, sliced on an angle into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 pieces
  • 4 four-six ounces fillets, sea bass
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 canned flat anchovies, chopped
  • 1 handfull pitted and chopped black olives, such as Kalamata
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 handful chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Crustry bread, for mopping up juices


Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high, or position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°.

Tear off 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil (or 1 piece to fit a baking sheet if you’re using the oven) and brush with about 1 tablespoon EVOO total. Using the scallions and lemon slices, arrange 4 beds for the sea bass fillets on the pieces of foil. Season the fillets all over with salt and pepper and set 1 on top of each bed.

In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, anchovies, olives, capers, parsley, garlic, crushed red pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO. Pile one-quarter of the sauce over each fish fillet. Top with another sheet of foil and pinch all the edges to seal, making a pouch.

Place the fish pouches on the grill (or place the baking sheet in the oven) and cook for 17 minutes. Using a large spatula, lift the fish off the lemon slices and transfer to plates. Spoon the juices over the fish and serve with crusty bread and extra EVOO for dipping.

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