Sunday, June 28, 2009

Chilean Sea Bass with Spicy Fruit Salsa

Spicy Fruit Salsa:
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno or other hot pepper
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
Pinch salt and pepper

Spicy Paste:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon anise seed
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed, toasted in a dry saute pan for 1 minute

Sea Bass:
4 Chilean sea bass fillets, or whitefish of your choice
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup flour, for coating
Vegetable or canola oil, for saute

Wearing rubber gloves, remove jalapeno seeds and membrane and discard. Prepare all the above ingredients, combine and refrigerate.
For the Spicy Paste: Combine the above ingredients to form a spicy paste.
For the Sea Bass: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season fish with salt and pepper and coat with flour. Brush a heavy coating of the spice paste on the skin of the fish. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a very hot oven-safe skillet and sear the fish skin side down. When the skin is crispy, place the fish in the oven for approximately 10 to 12 minutes until done. Serve with spicy fruit salsa.

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