Here is a great fish dish using a lesser known bluenose sea bass. This sea bass is normally found around the waters of Australia and New Zealand. Limited in the amount they can catch, It is not the highly over fished chilean sea bass. For this recipe I paired this delicate fish with cara cara orange butter sauce. Simple and delicious, but when citrus season rolls around its hard not to through this in fruit in everything. I found some great local buckwheat groats at the farmers market and made a risotto with it. I finish the dish with some dill oil, fennel, fried brussel sprouts and baby squash. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!
1 1/2 lb blue nose sea bass cut into 4oz-5oz pieces
Cara Cara Sauce
3 cara cara oranges pulp and juice
1 tbsp of cara cara zest
1/4 cup cream
1 stick of butter
salt to taste
Buckwheat Groats "Risotto"
1/2 cup of buckwheat (kasha)
1 shallot minced
1 garlic clove minced
3-4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
1oz of parmesan shredded
2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of snipped chives
salt and pepper to taste
Orange and Fennel Salad
2 cara cara oranges supremes (segments)
1/2 of fennel shaved thin
1 oz of mustard fronds
1 tbsp of olive oil
salt to taste
4 oz of brussel sprouts cut in half and fried until golden brown
4 oz of baby yellow squash blanched (patty pan)
2 bunches of dill blanched
1 cup of vegetable oil
pinch of salt
For the Dill oil,
simply blanch dill bunches for 15 seconds in boiling water then immediately shock them in a bowl of ice water. Once cooled completely take out and ring of any excess water. Place in a vita mix with oil and puree for about a minute until vibrant green. Strain and season and place in a squirt bottle until ready to use.
For the Buckwheat risotto,
In a small sauce pot add olive oil, shallot, and garlic. Saute for 1 minutes then add in your buckwheat groats with a 1 1/2tsp of salt. Cook for one minute and then add 1 cup of the stock. Cook until all the liquid has evaporated, then add another cup. Continue the process until the groats become tender (about 30 minutes). Then finish the risotto with the butter, cheese, chives, salt and pepper. Set aside and keep warm.
Cara Cara Sauce,
In a small sauce pot add juice, pulp, and zest. Reduce the liquid by half. Then add the cream and reduce that by half. Then pour everything in a blender or using a hand immersion blender puree until smooth and finish by adding to the sauce the butter 1 tbsp at a time until it has emulsified. Season with salt and set aside. (strain if desired)
In a large saute pan add 3 tbsp of olive oil. Take your blue nose sea bass and season generously with salt on both sides of the fish. Then place the fish skin side down into the pan (not you can score the skin with a knife if you so choose, I did not) The fish will want to curl up, so take your fingers or spatula, carefully not burning them, and push down on the fish for about 10 seconds. This will help "set" the skin of fish flat in the pan so a nice even crispy skin can be achieved. Cook for 4-5 minutes on the skin side. Meanwhile heat up your baby squash in a small saute pan with a little butter and olive oil. Season with salt. In a mixing bowl add shaved fennel, orange supremes. and mustard greens. Season with some of the juice from the orange and olive oil. Season with salt. On a plate take a spoonful of the orange sauce. Then place a spoonful of the risotto down on the plate. Flip the fish over for 20 seconds in the pan just to finish the fish the rest of the way. Then place down on to the plate. Top the fish with fennel orange salad. Place a fried brussel sprout on top along with a baby squash. Drizzle a little dill oil on to the plate and serve and enjoy!