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Line-Caught Sea Bass Cooked in Coarse Salt with Lemongrass Recipe
Line-Caught Sea Bass Cooked in Coarse Salt with Lemongrass
Philippe Chevrier, Domaine de Châteauvieux, Suisse
Philippe Chevrier, Domaine de Châteauvieux, Suisse
Flavors of Switzerland
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 13 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note
For this recipe Chef Chevrier uses sea bass from the Atlantic rather than the variety of bass found in the Mediterranean.
Ingredients for 4 servings
- 1 line-caught Sea Bass, 900 g (2 lb.)
- 3 kg (6 1/2 lb.) coarse Salt
- 100 g (3 1/2 oz.) lemongrass leaves
- 4 tbsp. white Peppercorns
- 4 tbsp. black Peppercorns
- 4 tbsp. coriander seed
- Dried fennel, tied in a small piece of cheesecloth
- 100 g (3 1/2 oz.) parsley stems
- 250 ml (1 cup) Eggwhites
  1. Gut and clean the fish through the belly, remove the gills and cut off the fins with scissors. Do not scale the fish.
  2. Finely chop 50 g (1 3/4 oz.) lemongrass.
  3. Stuff the sea bass with the dried fennel, parsley stems and the remaining 50 g lemon grass.
  4. Combine the salt with the two peppercorns and coriander seed, chopped lemongrass and egg whites to form a workable mixture.
  5. Heat the oven to 220° C (450° F). Have ready a baking sheet and a piece of parchment paper twice as large as the sea bass.
  6. Place the parchment paper on the baking sheet and with some of the salt mixture form a base on which to place the fish. Note: the sea bass must be placed upright, not lying on its side on the salt.
  7. Enclose the fish in the remaining salt mixture, molding the salt into a shape identical to that of the fish.
  8. With a knife, trim the parchment paper all around the fish. Check that the mixture is smooth and adhering well to the fish. Gently place in the oven. After 13 minutes, remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes longer in the salt.


  1. Present the sea bass to your guests on a platter, then cut off the salt using a serrated knife. Cut up the sea bass and serve.
Sauvignon 2002, Stéphane Gros Petite Arvine 2002, Marie-Bernard Gillioz-Praz Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères 1997, Jean-François Coche-Dury
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