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 at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.

He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

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


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