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Seared Chilean Sea Bass in a Red Chard Leaf ~ Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The seared fish is finished in the oven until it flakes perfectly inside. The Meyer lemon vinaigrette is an ideal accompaniment.



2 pounds chilean sea bass, fresh, cut the skin away

4 large red chard leaves, cleaned, use 8 if they are small

4 teaspoons dijon mustard

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 teaspoon shallots, cut into thin rings

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, or to taste

1 pinch salt and pepper, on each filet to taste

1 recipe meyer lemon vinaigrette*



Blanch the cleaned red chard leaves (cut way the stems) – Immerse in boiling water for a moment, then refresh in cool water in a colander.
Lay the leaves out, flat side down. Cut the fish into 4 equal portions.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Place a piece in the center of a chard leaf. Top with the dijon mustard, lemon zest (preferably meyer lemon), shallot rings and fresh rosemary – smear evenly. Season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to your liking. Bring up the edges of the chard to enclose, and press closed with your fingers. Heat a grill pan (a cast iron one is nice) until very hot. Add a bit of neutral oil, and the fish packets, flat side down.


Cook until grill marks form and the chard sizzles, about 5 minutes. Turn over and cook just one minute. Place the fish packets in a baking pan (drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil if desired),
and bake until firm, and cooked inside, about 5 minutes. This time will depend on the size and height of each fish portion.


Serve the fish with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette for the perfect, light entrée.

On the side in photo: Roasted White Sweet Potatoes; Heirloom Tomato Stack.

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