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.

Posted by whsaito

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


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