Have you ever heard of Patagonian or Antarctic toothfish?
Both of these are names for the popular Chilean sea bass that is available at select seafood restaurants.
Many people overlook this fish when it is on a menu because they aren’t sure what it is.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chilean sea bass and its interesting history.
The Basics of Chilean Sea Bass
Chilean sea bass is a high-quality fish that comes from the shores of Chile. This area is known to have excellent fish and traditional dishes that people can’t get enough of and Chilean seabass is one of them.
This high- end fish is quite popular and can only be found in the nicest restaurants.
Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you would have the chance to get this at chain seafood restaurants because it is a top-dollar item.
Below is further information on this fish and how it became so popular.
All in the Name
As stated above, Chilean sea bass has not always had this name, it used to be called Patagonian Toothfish and Antarctic Toothfish.
Top Contender of the Popularity Contest
Chilean seabass is a white and flaky fish that tastes similar to cod. When it is properly cooked, it should have a smooth and buttery feel and taste.
It can be cooked in almost any way imaginable and the spice options for it are endless.
Because this type of fish pairs so well with spices, it is easy to integrate into your diet and favorite recipes.
Since it is a fish, it is important to be aware of mercury levels and portions suggested so that you are not harmed from eating to much of it.
These fish are thought to live up to 50 years and can way over 200 pounds. Some of the largest Chilean sea basses can reach a length of 7.5ft!
Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Aji Pebre Recipe
Here’s a delicious recipe for Chile’s two most famous foods, Chilean Sea Bass and aji pebre Chileno.
2 lbs Sea Bass
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
3 TBSP Butter
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 TBSP Flat Leaf Parsley
In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, and sea salt.
Sprinkle seasonings onto the fish.
Preheat grill to high heat and lightly oil grill grate
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the chopped garlic and parsley. When the butter has melted, remove from heat, and set aside.
Grill fish for 6 minutes, then turn and drizzle with butter. Continue cooking for 6 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
Serve drizzled with authentic Chilean pebre.
Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass Recipe
1 lb Chilean Sea Bass
4 TBSP Butter
2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Heat small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and garlic and let simmer
Pat dry room temperature sea bass, season both sides with salt & pepper
Add olive oil to a sauté pan and heat over medium heat
Add fish to the pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side
Pour butter over fish and serve over rice or mashed potatoes with a lemon wedge.