Thursday, 3 November 2011

Veracruz sea bass

Veracruz Sea Bass 

Sea Bass with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Recipe from Thomasina Miers,  Market Kitchen

4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, sliced
4 pickled jalapeño peppers, chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
small handful oregano, leaves only, coarsely chopped
2 cans plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
10 large pimiento-stuffed green olives, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp salted capers, rinsed
1 cinnamon stick
4 fillets sea bass
steamed basmati rice, to serve
2 tbsp chopped parsley
 Heat half the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan and gently fry the shallots until translucent. Add the garlic, jalapenos, bay leaves and oregano and fry for another few minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, olives, capers and cinnamon and cook for another 10 minutes until the tomatoes have dissolved a little into the sauce. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Season the sea bass with plenty of salt and pepper and grill over a char-grill or gently fry the fillets on each side until the skin is crispy and the fish is just cooked through.

 To serve, put some steamed rice on each plate, top with a sea bass fillet, spoon over some of the sauce and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.