Monday, March 05, 2007

Sea bass 4 2

I love fresh fish and I love the taste of sea bass. After looking at several recipes I concocted one of my own. This can be on the table in 30 minutes!

I made this last week – it was quick and easy and my tester (Christine) said it was delicious, a keeper. Don’t let the fact that it is sea bass scare you…

Prepare one cooked cup of (Jasmine is my favorite) rice

The Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon of butter
1/2 large onion
1/4 cup Marsala wine
14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons of capers
1/2 lemon juiced

Salt and Pepper to taste

I highly recommend getting all the ingredients ready before you start (Mise en place).

- Preheating your oven to 450°.
- Heat the olive oil in your pan over medium high heat and sauté the chopped onion until it's translucent.
- Add the Marsala wine. Be careful to remove the pan from the stove when doing this to prevent the wine from igniting in your face.
- When most of the alcohol has cooked off (2 – 3 minutes) add the tomatoes and capers.
- Take half the lemon and squeeze the juice into the skillet.

- Reduce the heat to medium. Check the flavors, add a little salt and pepper, and let the sauce cook down until it thickens a bit. Just before serving add and incorporate the butter.

The Fish:

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
2 8oz fillets of sea bass (approx. 1 lb.) with skin, if possible
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

In an oven proof sauté pan heat the olive oil until it’s very hot.

Season the sea bass with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan. Start cooking them skin side down for approximately 5 minutes until the skin was nice and crispy. Then flip them over for 30 seconds, transfer them into a 450° oven and roast them for 3-4 minutes.

Putting It All Together:

Fill the bottom of two warm shallow bowls with some Jasmine rice, top with the pan roasted sea bass and then spoon the sauce over the fish and rice. Garnish with lemon slices.

This Note:

I have heard that Chilean Sea Bass is being over fished and if the catching of this fish from Antarctica is not stopped, it may be commercially extinct. I was given the web site, Endangered Fish Alliance to learn more about why we all need to stop buying this fish.

So I went to the National Marine Fisheries Service (a division of the Department of Commerce) which regulates commercial fishing to see what it had to say. After searching for sea bass, I found an article saying Chilean sea bass is not an endangered species but there are a lot of unreported catches from illegal fishing.

Who do you believe? I'll leave that up to you.



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