1 whole Aquna Bass
freshly ground white pepper
50g unsalted butter, cut into small dices
2 Tbsp capers
zest and juice of 1 lemon
Clean and fillet the bass, reserving two fillets (approx. 120g each). Leave the skin on the fillets but scrape off the scales. When filleting, you will notice plenty of fat encasing the belly area. Remove and reserve all this fat and add to a non-stick pan over moderate heat. Cook until completely melted then pass through a fine mesh sieve. Weigh out 50g fat for this recipe. Set aside to cool until needed.
Pat the prepared bass fillets dry using kitchen paper. Season all sides with salt and lightly coat in olive oil. Drizzle a little olive oil into a wide-bottomed non-stick pan and bring the heat to moderately high. Cover the base of the pan with a sheet of parchment paper and place the oiled bass on top. Cook for 4 minutes then reduce the heat to moderately low and flip to cook the underside for 4 minutes. Remove from the pan and season with ground white pepper. Set aside to keep warm.
Discard the parchment paper from the pan and add the cubes of butter and 50g reserved bass fat to it. Over moderate heat, melt the butter and fat. Once the butter stops sizzling and starts browning and smelling nutty, remove the pan from the heat and add the capers and lemon juice. Whisk the mixture well and pour over the warm bass fillets.
Season as needed and finish with the finely grated lemon zest.