Mediterranean Sea Bass or Hapuku

Prep time 15mins
cook time 20mins

Made in a 26cm skillet or dual handle pan, this dish is a quick trip to Greece featuring the Mediterranean flavours of black olives, feta, and dill. Ask your fishmonger for the freshest cuts of fish and to scale, skin, and de-bone it for you, too.


2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 small white onion, thinly sliced

1 400g can whole tomatoes, cut 1-2cm chunks and juice reserved

90grams of pitted kalamata olives, quartered, divided

90grams of feta, crumbled, divided

3 tablespoons dill, chopped, divided

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest, divided

300 grams of seabass or hapuku, cut into 5cm pieces

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Baguette, for serving





  1. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Sauté onion until lightly browned 7 to 8 minutes. Add tomatoes and juice and reduce slightly, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Fold in the 60g olives and 60g feta, 2 tablespoons dill, lemon juice, and 1½ teaspoons lemon zest and cook just until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the fish on top of the tomato mixture, cover with lid and steam fish until it is just cooked, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Garnish with remaining olives and feta, 1 tablespoon dill, and 1½ teaspoons zest and drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately from pan with baguette on the side.