Chilean Sea Bass in Lemon Sauce – Recipe

Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Sauce, Chilean Sea Bass recipe

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By now you know that I love Chilean sea bass.  It just tastes so rich and buttery. The hubby enjoys it as well but salmon remains his number one fish. Since I was cooking for the both of us I created a Chilean sea bass recipe that is a touch on the tart side to please my husband as he does love acidic foods. To honest if I were making this for company or just for me I would have added a bit more honey to the sauce.  I swear the man would eat a lemon as you or I would eat an orange.

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Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Sauce, Chilean Sea Bass recipe

Chilean Sea Bass in Lemon Sauce 

Serves 2

2 6oz Chilean sea bass fillets
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
zest of one lemon
1 tsp thyme
1tsp salt
juice of one lemon
3 TBS honey
1 TBS bourbon (opt)
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
I TBS olive oil
Additional salt and pepper as needed

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Preheat oven to 350° (I had been using it to roast the Brussels sprouts so if you are making a side vegetable you might want to consider roasting it to make the best use of energy)

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Mix together the panko, salt, lemon zest and thyme.

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Press the sea bass fillets into the panko mixture and coat well on both sides.
Heat the canola oil in a small oven proof saute pan over med. high heat.

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I added my breadcrumbs to the other side of the sea bass while it was cooking. I made the decision to crumb both sides on the spur of the moment and it was a good one.

When the oil is hot add the fish and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until the crumbs are nicely browned.
Carefully turn the fish over and do the same on the other side.
Place the pan in the oven and finish cooking fish – about 10 – 15 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets.

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While the fish is in the oven make the sauce; add the lemon juice, honey and bourbon if using to a small sauce pan. Add the black pepper. Cook until reduced by about half. It is not a very thick sauce. Set aside.

Serve the fish with as much sauce as you like spooned over top. If you prefer a less tart sauce add more honey.

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The spiced rice was easy to pull together while the sauce cooked. I just tossed two cups of cooked Jasmine rice with 1/4 cup of raisins and 1/4 cup of toasted pumpkin seeds. I added a healthy shake of cinnamon and heated it all up in a saute pan with a bit of olive oil.

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How Was the Chilean Sea Bass Recipe?

De-licious! The fish was cooked perfectly, the crumb topping added a delightful crunch and the lemon sauce was a nice foil for the richness of the sea bass.  I balanced the tartness of the fish with the spiced rice as it has raisins in it and I knew they would make my taste buds happy. This rice is a simple dish where I add toasted pumpkin seeds, raisins and cinnamon to cooked Jasmine rice and just heat it up in a saute pan. I love what the cinnamon does to the rice and the addition of the dried fruit and seeds really makes this side dish sing.

I will neither confirm nor deny the husband actually licked his plate clean. It makes me smile when I serve a Chilean sea bass recipe that makes him that happy. The last time that happened was when I made Chilean Sea Bass with Eggplant Pesto.



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