Macadamia Nut Crusted Chilean Sea Bass

I once had Chilean sea bass at an upscale restaurant in New York city and thought I’d try to recreate that recipe when I went to the supermarket and saw some real Chilean sea bass for sale.  Anyway, to recreate what I had, I used the following ingredients:

1 pound fresh sea bass
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. COMBINE oil, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well. Place the fish fillets in a shallow dish. Pour oil mixture evenly over top. Let stand 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. COMBINE, combine macadamia nuts, bread crumbs, butter, black pepper, and basil. Blend well with a fork.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the sea bass on both sides, and remove from heat.
  5. Place the fish fillets in prepared pan. Top each fillet with an even layer of bread crumb mixture.
  6. BAKE 10 to 15 minutes until done.

The fish turned out really well and its important to leave the macadamia nuts at a certain size (not less than 3 m) so that the fish will have good texture.  Next time, I’ll take a picture.

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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  1. Sounds great. I’m trying it tonight!


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