Pan seared chilean sea bass with shiitakes and leeks

Main Dish
2 servings
15 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 2
7tablespoons Butter (you can use less and replace with extra virgin olive oil)

1/2 Cup Leeks, rinsed and sliced to 1/8 inch

1 Cup Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced

1/4 Cup Tomato Concasse (please click link to learn this technique)

2 tablespoons Basil Chiffonade (please click link to learn this technique)

1 Cup Dry White Wine

1-2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil



1 Cup Curry Flour (1 cup flour, 2 tablespoons curry powder mixture)

4 Cups Spinach loosely packed

Three 6 ounces Portions of Sea Bass


  • Preheat over to 500 degrees or close as possible. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium saute pan and add the leeks, sauteing over medium-high heat until they begin to wilt.
  • Add 1 tablespoon butter and, when melted, add the shiitakes and let them begin to wilt also.
  • Add tomato concasse and basil, tossing to mix well then pour in the white wine and let reduce by 1/4, keeping the pan over medium-high heat.
  • While the sauce is reducing, heat a large saute pan over high heat until just short of smoking.
  • Season fish with a little salt & pepper and dredge in curry flour, patting off any excess.
  • Put oil in hot pan, swirling to cover the entire bottom, and place the fish fillets in the pan.
  • Sear the fish for under 1 minute until it starts to color. Gently turn fish over and place the pan in the over to finish cooking, 6-8 minutes. The fish will begin to open and the flesh will be opaque.
  • While fish is cooking, enrich the sauce by adding 3-4 tablespoons of butter, stirring and swirling the pan until the butter is incorporated into the sauce.
  • Pull the sauce from the heat, holding it in a warm place until the fish is out of the oven. When the fish is finished cooking, remove from the oven and let rest for 2-3 minutes in the pan.
  • When you are ready to serve, you will need a minute to finish the sauce.
  • Bring the sauce to a low simmer over medium heat, add the spinach, and let the spinach wilt. Add 1 more tablespoon of butter, easily stirring into the sauce.
  • Check for seasoning. Plate the fish, surrounding it with the spinach and shiitake sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes. We ate ours with brown rice.


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