Takes 15 minutes, serves 2. You need:

  • Two fillets of Bass (I like to use portion-sized slices of a thick fillet from a 3-4lb fish)
  • Glug of olive oil
  • Splash of white wine
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed with the flat of a knife blade
  • Lemon juice
  • Half a red chilli, seeds removed, chopped

Heat the oil in a heavy pan, then fry the fillets skin side down until crisp and brown, turn over and repeat. Then reduce the heat, add wine, chilli, garlic and thyme. Cover with a lid and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Keep an eye on it and splash a bit more wine in if it looks like drying out. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the juices, sprinkle with sea salt and serve. Goes well with green beans and new potatoes. (Thank you Mitchell Tonks in Fresh: Great Simple Seafood )