I found this recipe for Chilean Sea Bass with Chimichurri Sauce on Instagram one day and fell in love. I, of course, changed it up just a bit. Instead of baking the Sea Bass, I seared it in a cast iron pan. Click here for the original recipe from The Market at Gus’s. You will love the flaky texture of the fish paired with the freshness of the Chimichurri Sauce.
If you are local to Charlotte, be sure to pick up the Chilean Sea Bass at The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. Feel free to substitute grouper, or even swordfish. I love displaying my finished dishes on these boards…click here! Oh…and excuse the amount of olive oil in the picture…we were filming a boomerang. Your finished sauce will not have this much oil! If you love sea bass, try using it in my recipe for Mediterranean Baked Fish.
Pour enough heavy whipping cream in a bowl to cover fish. Allow to soak while you are making the Chimichurri. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, water, lemon juice, minced garlic, minced shallot, salt/pepper and red pepper flakes. Whisk long enough to melt the salt. Gently whisk in the fresh parsley. Allow to sit while you are preparing the fish.
Remove fish from cream. Pat dry. Season with salt/pepper. Dredge in flour. For a crispier texture, you can add a touch of rice flour or cornstarch to your AP flour. Heat up a cast iron pan, lined with a touch of olive oil or non-stick spray.
Cook and sear fish on both sides. If you do not own a fish turner (spatula), you should. Click here to get the one I use! Depending on the thickness of the fish, this should take about four minutes per side. Plate the sea bass and top with the chimichurri sauce. ENJOY!