Black Sesame Sea Bass + Asian Soba Noodles

Black Sesame Sea Bass

You guys KNOW I jump on any Asian influenced  recipe, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that our Food Matters Project recipe this week is Asian influenced. Love it!

The original Mark Bittman recipe calls for salmon, but we just haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet. I used this as an opportunity to make one of my favorite fish, Chilean Sea Bass. I mostly followed the noodle recipe, adding yellow bell peppers.  I also made sweet and spicy edamame as a side dish, recipe to come.

This dish is delicious and it felt super light even though you area eating ‘healthier’ noodles. Perfect week day dinner.

Thanks Sara for a great pick! Head here to see the other members’ versions, some close to the original and some very creative.

Black Sesame Sea Bass + Asian Soba Noodles

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3

Ingredients

  1. Salt
  2. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  3. 8 ounces fish fillet, this recipe uses Chilean Sea Bass (skin removed)
  4. Black pepper
  5. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  6. 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  7. 1 1?2 pounds spinach, roughly chopped
  8. 1/2 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  9. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  10. 1 teaspoon sugar
  11. 1?2 teaspoon sesame oil
  12. 8 ounces buckwheat (soba) noodles or whole wheat spaghetti

Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Put the vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s very hot, sprinkle the sea bass on both sides with salt and pepper and sear it in the pan until nicely browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Remove from the pan and cut or flake it into bite-size pieces. (you need to flip and remove it gently so it doesn't break apart)

Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium. Add bell peppers and cook 5 minutes to soften. Then add the garlic and sesame seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic begins to soften and the sesame seeds turn golden, about 30 seconds. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for another minute or 2. Add the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and a splash of water and cook until the spinach is wilted, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Cook the noodles in the boiling water until they’re tender but not mushy (start tasting after 5 minutes), then drain and rinse, reserving some of the cooking water. Turn the heat under the spinach mixture to medium and add the noodles. Toss, adding enough reserved liquid to keep things moist. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve pasta on the side of the fish.

Notes

adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman, recipe page 239 "Sesame Noodles with Spinach and Salmon"

http://keelymarie.com/2013/01/13/black-sesame-sea-bass-asian-soba-noodles/

 

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  • Lexi January 14, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Look great Keely! I love seabass as well, what kind did you use? It kind of looks like Chilean which is my favorite.
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    • Keely Marie January 14, 2013, 4:19 pm

      yes! Chilean :)expensive but worth it once in a while!

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      • Lexi January 15, 2013, 8:54 pm

        It is SO worth it but having spent a lot of years deep sea fishing and ocean fishing it is always hard to have to pay for my fish. But then again…if you think of how much the trips to Mexico and Hawaii cost, and the cost of keeping up a boat it might just be a deal!!
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      • Keely Marie January 16, 2013, 3:32 pm

        very true! We still have some Tuna from fishing in Cabo and it WILL be hard to buy Tuna again…

      • Lexi January 17, 2013, 12:22 am

        Oh yes! Cabo…such great fun to fish down there.
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  • Sara @ Pidge's Pantry January 14, 2013, 4:45 pm

    What a GREAT idea! I LOVE Sea Bass and your addition of the pepper! Looks delicious!
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  • Lan | angry asian January 16, 2013, 3:06 pm

    i love fish, i just never cook with it, it’s something i prefer to order when out. you have not jumped on the salmon bandwagon, how come?
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    • Keely Marie January 16, 2013, 3:33 pm

      It is so much fishier than other fish to me. I like it “ok” but never prefer it. Any recommended recipes?

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  • Erin @ The Goodness Life January 17, 2013, 11:55 am

    Keely! Love this :) I love Asian-inspired flavours too.
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