Adding freshwater fish to your meals can provide a myriad of health benefits. Freshwater bass, for instance, is an excellent source of selenium, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids that help to lower cholesterol and prevent blood pressure and heart disease.
Cooking freshwater bass is easy and no different from prepping any other kind of fish. You can go about it through different ways and methods to suit any palette.
Check out the following simple and delicious freshwater bass recipes and discover the savory meal you have been missing! All 10 will beef up your energy when going out on a kayaking, hiking, or backpacking trip and will look great at the dinner table. They are also excellent backpacking food and lunch ideas.
1. Roasted Bass And Carrots
Ingredients: Quinoa, carrots, onion, olive oil, black pepper, salt, bass fillets, paprika, and parsley leaves
Heat your oven to 375˚F and cook the quinoa as per the package instructions. Meanwhile, add the onion, carrots, and pepper in a rimmed baking tray. Add oil and salt and roast everything together for about 15 minutes or until the carrots start to soften.
Brush the fish fillet with some oil and season it with salt, pepper, and paprika. Huddle the seasoned fish in the carrots and continue roasting for another 10 minutes or until the vegetables are completely tender and the fish is opaque.
Place the fish and veggies over the quinoa. Serve with parsley. If you are looking for easy-to-cook backpacking food recipes, then roasted bass and carrots are one.
2. Coconut Bass And Rice Noodles
Ingredients: Rice noodles, canola oil, scallions, curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, bass fish fillet, lime wedges
Prepare the rice noodles as per the package instructions. Pour the canola oil into a large cooking pot and heat it. Add scallions and curry paste and cook while stirring until the scallions become tender.
Add some water, fish source, and coconut milk and let it boil. Add the bass fillet and let it simmer in reduced heat for about 4 minutes or until it turns opaque. Serve over rice noodles and top with lime wedges.
3. Bass Sandwich
Ingredients: red onion, vinegar, olive oil, bass fillet, crushed fennel seeds, black pepper, salt, yogurt, horseradish, capers, bread, dill leaves
Start by putting onion and vinegar in a bowl. Stir until soft. Meanwhile pour some oil into a large skillet and heat it. Season the bass with black pepper, salt, and fennel seeds, and then cook each side for about 3 minutes.
Transfer the fish to a plate and cut it into pieces. Combine capers, horseradish, and yogurt in a separate bowl and dip the bread inside. Serve the fish with dill leaves and onions. A bass sandwich is an easy and delicious camping dessert and would be the perfect snack for munching on the trail especially for people who like camping with kids. The young ones will really love yogurt.
4. Bass Served With Cauliflower-Potato Puree
Ingredients: pecans, tarragon leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, salt, potatoes, cauliflower, bass fillets
Cook the pecans in the oven for about 8 minutes. Let them cool and then cut them roughly. Next, combine the pecans, pepper, lemon juice, tarragon, salt, and oil in a bowl and set aside. Steam the cauliflower and potatoes for about 20 minutes. Then transfer these to a food processor, add salt and pepper, and puree until smooth.
Cook the fillet for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Serve the fish topped with the puree and tarragon sauce.
5. Poached Bass Served With Frisée
Ingredients: shallot, thyme, parsley, mustard seeds, olive oil, black pepper, salt, bass fillet, frisée, vinegar, toasted bread
Another way how to cook bass is by combining shallot, parsley, thyme, mustard seeds, pepper, and salt in a large skillet. Add some oil and water and let it simmer in low heat. Then add your bass, cover the contents, and cook for about 10 minutes or until the fish turns opaque.
Next, slightly dip the frisée in vinegar and place it in a large bowl. Add oil, salt, and pepper. Serve your fish over the frisée and top it with the toasted bread.
6. Smoky Bass Served With Fennel And Chorizo Soup
Ingredients: olive oil, fennel, chorizo, black pepper, salt, chicken broth, bass fillet, hominy, lime wedges
Put the olive oil in a large pot and heat it over medium heat. Then add chorizo, fennel, pepper, and salt and cook while stirring for 10 minutes or until the fennel has become tender. Add the chicken broth and let it boil for 3 minutes.
Add your bass and hominy and simmer over reduced heat until the fish becomes opaque. Serve with lime wedges.
7. Bass Tacos Served With Grapefruit
Ingredients: olive oil, bass fillets, ground coriander, black pepper, salt, grapefruit, avocado, tortillas, fresh chives
Begin by heating the oil in a skillet. Then season the bass with coriander, pepper, and salt and cook it for about 3 minutes or until it has turned opaque on each side. Place the fish on a plate and cut it into pieces.
Cut the grapefruit and avocado in a medium bowl. Add oil, pepper, and salt and mix the contents. Serve the fish and grapefruit wrapped in the tortillas and top it with the fresh chives.
8. Provencal Bass With Tomato Soup
Ingredients: olive oil, smashed garlic, chard, canned tomatoes, black pepper, salt, bass fillet, olive tapenade
Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes while stirring. Then add tomatoes and their juice, chard, pepper, and salt and cook till the chard has tenderized.
Next, add fish, cover the contents, and cook for about 10 minutes or until the fish has become opaque. Serve your fish topped with the olive tapenade. This is another excellent bass recipe for campers. It’s easy to prep and the aroma alone will get everyone drooling in your camp kitchen.
9. Warm Bass Salad
Ingredients: olive oil, bass fillets, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, mustard, halved boiled eggs, pitted olives, anchovy fillets, steamed potatoes
Heat some oil in a large skillet. Season the bass fillet with pepper and salt and cook each side for about 3 minutes. Place it on a separate plate and cut it into pieces.
Combine mustard, lemon juice, pepper, salt, and oil in a bowl. Serve the fish with potatoes, anchovies, olives, and eggs.
10. Bass, Arugula, And Bacon Sandwich
Ingredients: mayonnaise, pesto, bacon, bass fillets, black pepper, salt, arugula, toasted bread
Mix pesto and mayonnaise in a bowl and set aside. Cook the bacon for about 8 minutes or until crisp. Place it on a separate plate.
Season the fillet with pepper and salt and cook until opaque on each side. Divide the bass, bacon, arugula, and pesto mayonnaise among the bread.
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There you go! 10 different methods on how to cook bass. Whether you want yours dry or with lots of sauce, the above recipes will ensure that you have the perfect bass meal at home, out in the woods, and on beach picnics. Just make sure not to overcook your bass as it would get very tough if it dries out.