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Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree

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Well here it is, my first “foodie” dish…..Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree. I have tried to break it down into very easy steps, there are just a lot of steps! If I can do it, so can you. Come on, don’t be scared…..

large white plate with roasted red pepper puree in the center with tortilla crusted sea bass laying on top and cilantro sprinkled over the entire plate

This meal is so good, it is worth each and every step that it takes to get this to the dinner table. I promise. I have tried to write out the recipe in a way that flows and keeps things moving while still making sense.

What is Sea Bass?

Sea Bass is known as the Filet Mignon of seafood, and yes it is expensive. Here in Iowa it is $23.99 per pound, but you will not regret it, it is that good. It is rich and buttery, with a delicate non-fishy flavor. Chilean Sea Bass is not sea bass at all, it is actually Patagonia Toothfish. They changed the name to make it sound more appealing.

Try to find Alaskan Black, Japanese, or European sea bass if possible.

How to make Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree:

To roast the garlic:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Remove some of the papery skin from the garlic head, but do not peel or separate the cloves. Slice the top off of the garlic head to expose the cloves within. Place garlic head on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and some salt and pepper…..

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Drizzle cookingwithcurls.com

Wrap with foil, leaving some room for airflow, and roast for 15 – 20 minutes, or until soft. Set aside to cool.

To roast the red peppers:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Lay the peppers skin side up on the baking sheet and roast for 15 – 30 minutes or until skins have blackened…..

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Roasted Peppers cookingwithcurls.com

Remove from the oven and rinse under cold water to remove the skins. Set aside.

Place corn tortillas on a clean baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes until very crisp. Set aside to cool…..

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Bake Tortillas cookingwithcurls.com

Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a medium sized saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and minced garlic, and cook until garlic begins to turn golden brown. Add the roasted peppers, cilantro and chili powder {awful images alert}

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Add Peppers cookingwithcurls.com

Saute for 1 minute and add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil…..

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Boil cookingwithcurls.com

Add the lemon juice and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the ingredients are soft, about 5 – 8 minutes. Set aside, and allow to cool slightly.

Place in the container of a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.Tortilla Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Pureed cookingwithcurls.com

To assemble:

Place tortillas in a large zipper top bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.

Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out into a small bowl. Mash with the backside of a large spoon until it forms a paste. Rub the garlic paste over the fish and roll in the crushed tortillas.

Pour 2 Tablespoon of oil into a baking dish. Place fish in the baking dish and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until just cooked through…..

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree Pan cookingwithcurls.com

Serve each fillet with 1/4 cup of roasted pepper puree. Garnish with cilantro…..

Tortilla Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree served on a large white plate

Notes:

  • If you roast the garlic and peppers ahead of time this recipe will take less time to prepare.
  • Fresh Alaskan cod would probably make a good substitute for the sea bass if needed.

I served my sea bass with Southwest Roasted Potatoes, and finished the meal with a Peppermint Cream Cheese Filled Cocktail Cake.

The original recipe for this Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree came from the Canyon Ranch Cooks cookbook that I have had for several years. This is my absolute favorite recipe in the book! I have changed a few things and obviously added step-by step photographs to guide through the process.

more delicious seafood recipes:

Enjoy!!

large white plate with roasted red pepper puree in the center with tortilla crusted sea bass laying on top and cilantro sprinkled over the entire plate

Tortilla Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree is the perfect special occasion meal, that is surprisingly easy to prepare!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: seafood, sea, bass, red pepper, tortilla, recipe, special occasion
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 424kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 bulb garlic roasted (instructions given)
  • 2 medium red bell peppers seeded, and quartered
  • ½ cup yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • cups organic chicken broth
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 yellow corn tortillas
  • 1 pound sea bass fillets 4) 4 ounce fillets with uniform size and shape
  • 7 Tablespoons olive oil divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Remove some of the papery skin from the garlic head, but do not peel or separate the cloves. Slice the top off of the garlic head to expose the cloves within.
  • Place garlic head on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and some salt and pepper.
  • Wrap with foil, leaving some room for airflow,, and roast for 15 - 20 minutes, or until soft. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Lay the peppers skin side up on the baking sheet and roast for 15 - 30 minutes or until skins have blackened.
  • Remove from the oven and rinse under cold water to remove the skins. Set aside.
  • Place corn tortillas on a clean baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 5 - 10 minutes until very crisp. Set aside to cool, but leave oven on.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a medium sized saute pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add the onions and minced garlic, and cook until garlic begins to turn golden brown.
  • Add the roasted peppers, cilantro and chili powder.
  • Saute for 1 minute and add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the lemon juice and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the ingredients are soft, about 5 - 8 minutes. Set aside, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Place in the container of a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Place tortillas in a large zipper top bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out into a small bowl. Mash with the backside of a large spoon until it forms a paste.
  • Rub the garlic paste over the fish and roll in the crushed tortillas.
  • Pour 2 Tablespoon of oil into a baking dish. Place fish in the baking dish and bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until just cooked through.
  • Serve each fillet with 1/4 cup of roasted pepper puree. Garnish with cilantro.

Notes

  • If you roast the garlic and peppers ahead of time this recipe will take less time to prepare.
  • Fresh Alaskan cod would probably make a good substitute for the sea bass if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2040IU | Vitamin C: 81.8mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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