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Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with Edamame, Chive, Pomegranate & ROE Caviar

Sea bass makes an elegant dinner but can be intimidating to cook. I've broken down step-by-step how to cook sea bass for perfectly flaky fish every time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 2
Calories 798kcal

Ingredients

EDAMAME PURÉE

  • 1.5 cups edamame shelled and steamed
  • 1 Tbsp white miso
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp water or more to make a purée
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

PAN-ROASTED SEA BASS

  • canola oil for searing
  • 16 oz sea bass fillets
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ROE Caviar
  • pomegranate seeds for garnish

CHIVE VINAIGRETTE

  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a blender or food processor, process all of the Edamame Purée ingredients until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Rinse the sea bass and pat dry. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of oil over medium-high heat until hot just starting to smoke. Season each fillet with salt and pepper. Sear both fillets skin side down while pressing flat with a metal spatula to prevent curling, about 2 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the middle of a pre-heated oven and roast until just cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
  • While the fish cooks, whisk together 2 tsp lemon juice and 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil in a bowl. Stir in 1 Tbsp chives. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Return the skillet with the fish to the burner over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp butter. Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice and baste the fish with the lemon butter 3 or 4 times.
  • To serve, spoon some of the edamame purée onto a plate and spread into a circle using the back of the spoon. Place a piece of sea bass in the middle of the plate skin side up. Spoon some of the chive vinaigrette over the fish, top with some ROE caviar, and garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

The secret to the crispiest fish starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Use a heavy-bottomed pan with an even coating of neutral oil (like grapeseed) and get it very hot over medium-high heat.
While the pan heats, dry the fish by patting it with paper towels. Just before cooking, season with salt and pepper – but not before or else you will draw out moisture.
Once the oil just barely starts to smoke, it’s good to go. Add the fish and immediately press down with a spatula to prevent it from curling. After a few minutes, transfer the skillet to middle of a 425°F pre-heated oven and roast until just cooked.
The fish should be beautifully white with a deeply crisped skin.
This post was created in partnership with ROE Caviar. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Nutrition

Calories: 798kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 776mg | Potassium: 1105mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 19.2mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 4.9mg

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