Working Girl Dinners: Pesto-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Super-Garlicky Spinach

RECIPE: Pesto-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Super-Garlicky Spinach
Pesto Roasted Fish

Pesto Roasted Fish

This week my newly engaged best friend Jamie, medical student and very-beginner-chef extraordinaire, joins me in a make-up free, unscripted session in the Working Girl’s kitchen.  Just to prove to you that you don’t even need to know how to shut off the oven to make the perfect dinner (check out the last minute of the video and you’ll see what I mean).  Just make sure you find someone to shut it off after you’ve eaten.

I love this idea: spoon store-bought (read: good) fresh pesto sauce onto fish before you roast it.  The garlic and basil and nuts have all the flavor already mixed in, and the olive oil roasts the fish so it gets crispy around the edges, and stays so moist.  Plus, the olive oil already tastes like garlic and basil.  It’s no-brainer simple.  To go with it, I show Jamie how to do the world’s easiest vegetable: sautéed spinach with garlic.  When the camera was off, she turned to me in astonishment and said, “That’s so easy.  I could really do it!”  Yes!

Pesto-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Super-Garlicky Spinach
serves 2

Pesto Roasted FishINGREDIENTS

  • 2 6-ounce pieces of Chilean sea bass (ask for center cut, skin removed)

  • ¼ cup store-bought fresh pesto sauce (in the refrigerated section of the supermarket)

  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 8 ounces baby spinach, preferably organic

  • Salt & Pepper


Preheat the oven to 475°F.  Take the fish out of the fridge 15 minutes before you want to use it.  When the oven is hot, place the pieces of fish slightly apart on a small parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.  Season with salt and pepper, and rub all over with the pesto sauce.  Bake until the fish is opaque and flaky, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the spinach.  In a wide skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic, and cook about 30 seconds.  You don’t want it to brown.  Add the spinach; it will look like too much for the pan, but it will wilt down.  Season with salt and pepper, and stir with tongs until the spinach has just wilted, about 2 minutes.

Make a bed of the garlicky spinach on a serving dish, and use a spatula to place the fish on top.  Sometimes, I pour a little of the basil oil that bakes off the fish to the spinach.  Yum.


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5 Responses to Working Girl Dinners: Pesto-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Super-Garlicky Spinach

  1. Julie says:

    This video CRACKS ME UP!! Miss you two. And thank you Ker for the cholesterol-friendly dinner :)

  2. Jenn says:

    Love the recipe and love the video! Looks super easy and fun to make :)
    Kerry, do you have a recipe if I want to make homemade pesto? Thanks!

  3. Franny says:

    I am making this tonight for dinner! I love the sounds of it and will let you know how it goes. PS yes, it is Sunday and I have time to make a full meal, but this is totally my speed. Please don’t judge me :)

  4. AshleyL says:

    This is so good! I made it for dinner. I substituted a 1/2 chicken breast for one of the servings and used cod for the other (my husband doesn’t like fish). It turned out perfect. I also used homemade kale pesto from the sprouted kitchen cookbook. Highly recommended!
    Thank for the great and easy recipe!

    • Kerry says:

      Homemade kale pesto!? That sounds incredible! Is it just me, or is kale everywhere right now? Kale Caesar Salads are my big thing at the moment. I’m so happy to hear that it turned out delicious for you. Thanks for letting us know!