How to Cook White Bass Fish

Last Updated: 10.08.20

The white bass, also known as silver or sand bass, is a freshwater fish spread out widely across the United States, with a large number being found in the areas around Lake Erie.  With a silver-white coloring, it can be easily recognized thanks to the dark stripes on the sides. Not hard to catch, it is also effortless to cook.

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Methods of cooking white bass dishes

Because it has a mild flavor, it is a pretty delicious fish to eat. Since it is widespread in specific areas, very fresh fillets are easy to find. The catch of the day is most suitable for obtaining excellent and tasty dishes. It can be prepared in many ways, as there are not so many ingredients required.



Like many other types of freshwater fish, this breed can be baked without any issue. One recipe commonly employed by anglers and chefs alike uses aluminum foil as the baking environment.

Spread two sheets of the material on top of each other and then place the fillet on the center of the foil. Instead of using oils, drop one tablespoon of butter on the flesh, followed by one tablespoon of minced garlic.

Seasoning is not really necessary, but it can be done if you want a stronger, better-flavored taste. Do this according to your preferences with salt and pepper. A lot of lemon juice contributes to the rich and pleasant flavor, so squeeze at least half of a lemon over the fillets placed on the aluminum foil.

After doing this, you have to wrap the fish in the aluminum foil. Take care not to break or damage it, and make sure that it is firmly and securely packed before placing it in the oven.

High temperatures of 400 degrees Fahrenheit are required to properly cook the white bass fillets, which should be ready in about 15 minutes when placed in the oven. If you are unsure, open the package with care and test the flesh. Serve with potatoes or other garnishes of your choice.



If you are not a great fan of baking fish or you find yourself in a situation where you cannot use an oven (for example, when camping or spending time at a cabin), there is the equally well-known option of grilling it.

The preparation is similar to what we mentioned above – using aluminum foil makes everything more accessible and less messy, and allows you to cook without plates or trays at your disposal.

Place the wrapped white bass fillets on the hot grill for 15 minutes, flipping only once halfway through the process. This technique should also yield good results, and it is a more accessible method. Take care not to burn the fillets!

Other options

There is another famous recipe which involves baking white bass; this one is a little bit more complicated and might take longer, but the results are lovely. The sweet, light meat of the fish is suitable for family dinners, and given that the catch of the day is usually available in a lot of places across the U.S., it is an approachable way of cooking a fresh meal.

The number of fish needed depends on their size; usually, 4 to 6 are enough. Remove the heads, scales, tails and clean thoroughly before you start cooking. Pat it dry with a cloth or paper towel, line them on a baking sheet in a tray and salt it both on the inside and outside; let 30 minutes to pass by to have it adequately flavored.

If you are in a hurry, this step can be skipped. Slice two sweet onions and sauté them until they become golden brown, while the fish rests on the tray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit once you are done with the onions, and preheat a pan with oil added.

Breadcrumbs (or, when not available, flour) are going to be required for the next step – dredge the fish through them and deep-fry it in the pan for 4 minutes on each side.

Smear it with cream and place the white bass in the preheated oven. Leave it there for 20 minutes, and halfway through the baking add the already cooked onions. This is all you have to do – the garnishing can be skipped as the fish itself is tasty and nutritious enough.



White bass can also be roasted and served with sauce. Even for this recipe, it is essential to allow it to get salted; after salting the whole fish, dredge it through flour and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

While you’re waiting for the flesh to be ready, heat oil in a frying pan large enough to hold the fish over the biggest flame available on your stove. Add garlic and toss around for a minute; after this, place the fish in the pan and allow it to fry for 1-2 minutes on each side.

Reduce the flame to medium, cover the pan and roast for ten more minutes, turning the fish only once in the process. This dish can be accompanied with wine-butter sauce, prepared in advance to make sure it is ready before serving.


Olive oil, salt, and lemon can be essential pieces in a lot of dishes but when it comes to cooking white bass, you simply can’t do without them! As thousands upon thousands of these incredible fish migrate across the country’s rivers and reservoirs every year, we figured we’d also show you some great recipes that you can enjoy alone or with your family.

During the season, anglers catch millions of white bass and since, for many aficionados, there is no season but spring, everyone seems to be jumping in at pretty much the same time. If you plan to be one of them, it’s definitely a good idea to take some time and learn how to properly prepare the fish for cooking.

If you don’t do that first and you also have little to no experience, it can be one of the more distasteful experiences of your culinary career as fish can become almost inedible when not cooked in an appropriate manner.


The way to do it

You will want to start by making sure that your fillet knife is as sharp as they come since you will need it a lot. For the less experienced cooks, the way to fillet a fish is to lay it horizontally on a cutting board. With your long and sharp knife held directly behind the fish’s grills, make a precise cut down toward the head.

Use small, precise movements to make sure you do a good job, especially if you don’t fillet fish on a regular basis. Once it’s all set and done, flip it over and repeat the cut in order to remove its head. If you do it properly, you should be able to produce two boneless pieces of meat, perfectly lovable and cookable. 

Afterward, with the same knife, carefully remove all the dark red meat found within each fillet and along either side of the lateral line. Cleaning is also important when you’re your own home chef so make sure you discard everything properly.

What you just cut is what some people call “the blood line”, basically the set of nerves that work to build the lateral lines of the fish. If you’ve been wondering what gives white bass that strong and sometimes undesirable taste, that’s exactly it. 

However, while you do use olive oil in cooking the fish, white bass also contains a lot of natural oil so regardless of whether you’re trying it grilled, baked, or broiled, the taste should be awesome either way. 


Baked white bass with Spanish sauce recipe

For this white bass recipe you are going to need some white bass, obviously, about 3 tablespoons of minced onion, same with minced celery, 1 minced clove garlic, a quarter cup butter or margarine, 2 tablespoon flour, 3 cups of canned tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of salt, 1 of black pepper, 2 of sugar, a half teaspoon of dried thyme and about 1 tbs of minced parsley.

First things first, you will want to arrange the fillets in a pre-greased glass baking dish, making sure they form a single layer. While the recipe does not tell us, feel free to drop some lemon juice on them if you are so inclined to. Then, sauté the onion, garlic, and celery in loads of butter till they are tender.

The next step in this white bass recipe is to stir the composition in flour until it becomes smooth. Once you reach that step, add the remaining ingredients and keep the heat on until it is boiling. Pour everything over the fillets and bake your fish at 450 degrees for half an hour-to-forty minutes, or until the fish can be easily flaked with the use of a fork.

White bass Maître d’hôtel recipe

This is another white bass recipe that we’ve grown to love due to the fact that it pairs amazingly with the same-name sauce recipe. You should get about 3 pounds of fish, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 of pepper, same for chopped fresh dill, 1 wedgy-cut lemon, half a cup butter, 1 teaspoon of tarragon, and a half teaspoon of lemon juice.

For starters, you’ve got to make sure to season the fillets with salt and black pepper. Using a broiling pan or a baking dish, place in a single layer and cook it either 6 inches from heat, 5 minutes, or until the fish is slightly brown. Once you’re there, turn it around and let the heat on for about 3-5 minutes more, fork-testing your fish at the end.

The way to serve this white bass recipe is on a hot platter with sauce on top. The way you make the same-name sauce is by melting butter in a saucepan and adding in parsley, tarragon, half teaspoon of salt, and white pepper. Don’t forget to beat in the lemon juice drop by drop.


White bass with lemon scampi sauce recipe

Another heavenly white bass recipe, this one tastes even better when served with a lemon scampi sauce so keep that in mind. You’re going to need about a pound of fish, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 each for minced clove garlic and capers, 6 large, peeled, and deveined shrimp, half a lemon, veggie stock, butter, parsley, and white wine.

You need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees before placing the white bass fillets in an olive oil-drizzled baking pan. Season with sea salt and black pepper and don’t forget to add the 2 tablespoons of water in order to keep it moist while it’s cooking. The average time should be about 15 to 20 minutes or until you notice they flake easily with a fork.

The second step is to drizzle a sauté pan with 3 tablespoons of that wonderful olive oil, heating it over a flame. Send in the chopped garlic and shrimp, cooking it until you hear the wonderful sizzling sound. Turn them over and add the capers. You’ll know the cooking is done when the shrimp are opaque-like in color.

Adding everything but the parsley, stir the composition over medium heat until the sauce becomes thick. Add the parsley, remove from heat, and pour everything over your white bass fillets. Feel free to garnish with sliced lemon and serve with a side of your choosing.




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