My lifetime habit of penny-pinching came in very handy when I moved across the seas to start living on a graduate student's stipend. However, it also cut out certain things from my diet, fresh delicate fishes being one of the first to go. However, sometimes, the purse strings will have to stretch. Especially for fresh striped bass.
This is the easiest preparation there possibly could be. All you need is butter, a little each of basil and parsley, and a little salt.
First, wash the fish briefly under warmish water. Then, carefully take the skin and dark flesh off. Or leave it on if you like. I personally cannot abide the skin or the dark flesh. Then, put a couple of thin slices of butter on an aluminium foil, and sprinkle on a little parsley and basil. Now place the fish on it. Arrange more pats of butter on the fish, and sprinkle generously with parsley and basil. Normally, I would use more spices, but masking the sweet, delicate flavour of striped bass with common spices is an Unthinkable. Never do it. Particularly since you're likely to have paid sixteen bucks or more for a pound of that damn delicate sweetness.
Now, pop it in the preheated oven and cook at 425F for about twenty minutes, although I advise check-ins after fifteen. My butter, I'm ashamed to admit, caught a teensy flame and nearly started burning. And then...
Eat with rice, or steamed and buttered greens, or by itself. I ate them with steamed french beans, daubed with butter. I'm becoming SUCH a New-Englander.
And to no one's surprise: