This Chilean Sea Bass with Mojo recipe is a classic Chilean dish. If Chilean sea bass is unavailable, any sea bass or firm white fish is fine to use for this recipe. add mojo
Chilean Sea Bass with Mojo
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For the Mojo Sauce
- 4 large garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1/4 cup onion thinly slivered
- 1/2 cup ground cumin
- salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- Prepare the Moho Sauce: Mix the garlic and onion in a small bowl with the cumin, salt, and pepper. Place the oil in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat. Add the onion mixture and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until translucent. Add the lime juice and vinegar, then simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. (Makes 2/3 cup.).
- Halve the sea bass fillets crosswise (into 8-ounce pieces).
- In a shallow bowl, whisk the lime juice with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Add the fish and coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes. Remove and pat dry.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- With a very sharp knife, score the skin side of the fish twice diagonally to prevent curling.
- Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Sear the fish, skin-side down, over medium heat, holding the fillets down with a spatula until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
- Remove fish to an ovenproof dish or skillet and bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, set the Moho Sauce over very low heat and gently heat through.
- Peel and slice the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and slice each half into thin slices lengthwise.
- To serve, place a fish fillet in the center of 4 dinner plates. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of Moho Sauce atop each fillet. Fan 3 or 4 slices of avocado atop each serving and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Place a bowl of the extra cilantro and a bowl of Moho Sauce on the table.
Green mojo is commonly used for fish, especially the proper green mojo (made with green pepper) but also coriander mojo (mojo de cilantro) and parsley mojo (mojo de perejil). As coriander mojo and parsley mojo contain some water, they need to be kept in the fridge and have to be consumed within two days of preparation.
Red mojo, made of small red peppers from La Palma (called pimienta picona) and paprika, is usually eaten with meat. Red and green mojo can be used interchangeably to season some dishes, prominently papas arrugadas con salsa mojo, or potatoes with mojo. Mojo is also commonly served with fresh bread rolls at the beginning of a meal.
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