Sea Bass Puttanesca in a Foil Pouch

Sea Bass Puttanesca in a Foil Pouch
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for dipping
  • 4 scallions, sliced on an angle into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 slices
  • 4 6 - 8 ounces fillets sea bass
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 canned flat anchovies, coarsely chopped
  • Pitted Gaeta or other black olives, chopped (a generous handful)
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • Flat-leaf parsley, chopped (a generous handful)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Crusty bread, for mopping


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

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.