Key West Style Striped Bass – Secret Recipe Club

Key West Style Striped Bass | 2CookinMamas

I am so excited about posting my first recipe as a member of the Secret Recipe Club. What is the Secret Recipe Club (SRC) you ask? It is a group of some 130 bloggers, separated into 4 small groups, who post at different times of the month. Each month we are assigned a blog from our group and given the chance to choose a recipe, bake it up and then share with everyone. And we get to keep it secret until our posting or reveal day! It was certainly a lot of fun this month and I look forward to finding new blogs to follow in the future and more delicious recipes to add to my repertoire.

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And I can’t think of another blog that would be better to start with than the one chosen for me this month –  Flavors by Four. Just like our blog, it is hosted by a close mother-daughter team. Susan and Nicole seem delightful as I got to know them through reading their stories of family life on their blog. I know from experience how much fun it is to be able to share the love of cooking with one so dear to your heart and it seems that is exactly what these two do. And they enjoy time away together too as Susan wrote about a vacation that her mom and girls took together to the Florida Keys. I love to see and hear about their close family ties and know that I would like the two of them immensely should we ever happen to meet.

Key West Style Striped Bass 1 | 2CookinMamas

Now on to choosing one recipe out of so many wonderful recipes. It was really hard to pick just one! I was very tempted by their Copycat Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan, drooling over their Seafood Paella and debating between trying out Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, which sounds intriguing, or making my first Galette with nectarines. I knew I had to pick just one so, after looking through their delicious site some more, I decided to go with a dish from my favorite vacation spot, the Florida Keys, and make Key West Style Striped Bass.

Key West Style Striped Bass plated | 2CookinMamas

It turned out to be just what my husband and I like – fresh fish, plenty of fresh tomatoes and onions, with just the right touch of lime flavor. It was light and perfect for a hot summer night’s meal. I served mine with Zucchini Parmesan Rounds to complete a healthy dinner.

Note: I cut the recipe in half since it was just my husband and I and used grouper, in lieu of striped bass, since it is in season right now and very reasonable down here in South Florida.

Key West Style Striped Bass

Key West Style Striped Bass steps | 2CookinMamasIngredients:

  • 5 key limes, juiced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 Tablespoon light extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 fish fillets (flounder, grouper or striped bass)
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

Juice limes. Place 1 tablespoon of lime juice in a wide mouthed bowl and add egg. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Add remaining lime juice to melted butter and place in freezer for a few minutes to harden.

Sprinkle bread crumbs on a flat plate.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Dip fish fillets in lime-egg mixture then into bread crumbs. Pat to help bread crumbs adhere to fish. Place in skillet and saute until golden brown on both sides.

Remove from skillet and place in prepared baking dish. Take lime butter from freezer and divide over top of fish. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

While fish is baking, mix diced tomatoes and scallions together.

Remove fish from oven and top with tomato-scallion mixture then sprinkle with Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.

Serves 3.

Key West Style Striped Bass closeup | 2CookinMamas





  • Reply
    Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails
    07/18/2015 at 6:33 pm

    This recipe looks so good! I’m trying to eat more fish lately. I love it but don’t cook it a lot. I’m definitely going to make this one! Good choice for the src 😉

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      Linda Warren
      07/19/2015 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Julie! We love cooking fish and there are so many ways to fix it that you never have to have the same thing twice. We love grilling it as it keeps the house cooler, the cleanup easier and it’s healthier too.

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    Mary Frances
    07/14/2015 at 10:01 am

    This looks so delicious and flavorful. Perfect for summer!

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    07/13/2015 at 11:02 pm

    Yum. Sounds perfect for summer.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/14/2015 at 9:50 am

      You’re so right Jean! Summer is the best time to grill and it is such a healthy way to cook too.

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    Nicole @ Flavors by Four
    07/13/2015 at 2:33 pm

    Welcome to SRC!! We are so excited that another Mother & Daughter team has joined…We hope that in the next few months we get assigned your blog 🙂 We are so glad you liked the recipe… Thanks for a great post!!

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      Linda Warren
      07/13/2015 at 4:08 pm

      Loved your recipe and will definitely be stopping by for more yummy ideas.

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    07/13/2015 at 1:43 pm

    It’s great that you had Nicole and I as your first SRC pick. We love doing the blog together and I’m sure you and your daughter do too. We all loved the Key West Striped Bass when we had it and you reminded me that I haven’t made it in a long time. Will have to have it again soon. We’re glad you are in our group!

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      Linda Warren
      07/13/2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Susan! I was excited to see another mother-daughter blog as well. It is so much fun working with my daughter and we’re even doing another book together. Thanks for making such an awesome recipe as my husband and I enjoyed it immensely!

  • Reply
    07/13/2015 at 11:29 am

    SO very pretty and elegantly plated! 😀 Just lovely!! What a wonderful choice for the SRC! 😀

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/13/2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Kelly. It was fun and can’t wait to do it again next month.

  • Reply
    07/13/2015 at 11:16 am

    Great recipe!! Happy to have you in our group! 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/13/2015 at 11:28 am

      It was yummy! My husband loved the recipe too so I am sure I will be making it again real soon. Glad to be part of the SRC.

  • Reply
    why i am not skinny
    07/13/2015 at 11:05 am

    These look delicious!!!!!
    And well done on your first SRC reveal

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/13/2015 at 11:26 am

      Thanks! Loved taking part in the SRC and looking forward to finding more delicious recipes to make and blogs to follow.

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    Miz Helen
    07/13/2015 at 9:42 am

    We love Bass and often have it after one of the Bass tournaments here on the lake. This is a great recipe that I will sure be trying. It has been fun cooking with you in the SRC.
    Miz Helen

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      Linda Warren
      07/13/2015 at 11:25 am

      It really was delicious! Hope you get to try it soon. I’m sorry to see you leaving the group but I will definitely keep checking your blog for all your yummy recipes.

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