Jurassic Park Chilean Sea Bass Recipe
- 1-2 lbs. Chilean sea bass filets (can substitute with another ocean-based, white meat fish such as sea bass, tile fish, or halibut (which is what was in my freezer and used this time around))
- 1/2 cup pan-searing flour*
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 eggs (optional- coat your filets in egg before covering them in flour for a thicker crust)
- *mix your own pan-searing flour by combining:
- 1/2 cup flour (Gold Medal Wondra Flour works the best since it doesn’t clump)
- 2.5 teaspoons salt (finely ground sea salt, if you have it on hand, works well)
- 1.5 teaspoons white pepper.
- Optional -add in 1 teaspoon of basil, cumin, or paprika depending upon your palette and tastes. I did not include it this time.
1. Lightly rinse your filets then soak in a salted ice bath for 20-30 minutes.
2. Lightly rinse your filets again and then pat dry excess water.
3. Coat each filet in the searing flour using a bag or bowl.
4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes and add your butter and olive oil. If a drop of water instantly snaps and pops when hitting your pan (please exercise caution!), then everything is sufficiently hot for cooking. -This is very important…too hot and your oil will start to burn, too cool and your fish will be mushy. The correct temperature will yield a filet that has a crisp crust but a moist, flaky interior.
5. Add a filet to the pan. Optional- tilt the pan slightly and continuously pour the oil/butter mixture over the filet with a spoon as it cooks. Pan sear for roughly 5-7 minutes, until the bottom browns nicely.
6. Flip the filet and cook the other side until is browns (roughly 3-4 minutes).
7. Repeat with remaining filets and serve with your favorite sides. I’d recommend a bed of couscous and some grilled asparagus as nice pairings.
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