Sauteed Chilean Sea Bass with Potato-Parsnip Brandade with Piquillo Pepper Saffron Sauce

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  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 (7 ounce) Chilean sea bass fillets

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Olive oil, for sauteing

Potato-Parsnip Brandade, recipe follows

Piquillo Pepper Saffron Sauce, recipe follows

Potato-Parsnip Brandade:

4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup olive oil, divided

8 ounces dried salt cod, rehydrated and flaked

3 large potatoes, peeled, cubed and boiled in salted water until soft

3 parsnips, peeled, cubed and boiled in salted water until soft

1/2 cup warm milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Piquillo Pepper Saffron Sauce:

2 shallots, finely chopped

1 cup white wine

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

Large pinch saffron

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 piquillo peppers (or 1 roasted red pepper), finely diced

Salt and freshly ground white pepper


  1. Brush oil on both sides of fish and season with salt and pepper. Heat saute pan over medium high heat. Place the fish skin-side down and saute until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Place a large spoonful of brandade onto a warmed dinner plate. Balance one Sauteed sea bass fillet on one side of the brandade. Drizzle the whole plate with the Piquillo Pepper Saffron Sauce.

Potato-Parsnip Brandade:

  1. Place garlic and 1/4 cup oil in a small saucepan and slowly heat over medium heat until the garlic turns a light golden brown. Place the garlic and a few tablespoons of the oil in a food processor with the salt cod and process until smooth. Pass the potatoes and parsnips through a food mill into a large bowl. Add the salt cod puree, milk and remaining olive oil and stir until combined. Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.

Piquillo Pepper Saffron Sauce:

  1. Place shallots, wine, vinegar and saffron in a medium non-reactive pot and cook until the liquid is reduced to 1 tablespoon. Slowly begin whisking in the butter until the sauce emulsifies. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and fold in the piquillo peppers.