We try to have at least one fish night per week, it usually ends up being two. It is always the night I get home from the grocery store, fish cooks so quickly and it is healthy. I am always on the look-out for new recipes and when I saw this one, I knew it would be excellent. We love pistachios and I am a huge chilean sea bass fan. I still had some pistachios left from our trip to New Mexico and used the rest of them for this excellent butter.
Compound butters are so easy to make and they seem impressive and are an easy way to give a ton of flavor to foods. We used a compound butter last year on these steaks and it was divine, I can’t believe I waited almost a year to make another one!
This fish was simple, but so flavorful, don’t skimp on the butter- it really takes it to the next level!
Ingredients: For the Pistachio Butter: 1/8 cup of Pistachios, roasted & salted, shucked 3 tablespoons of Butter, unsalted, room temperature For the Sea Bass: 4 pieces of Sea Bass, Cod, or Tilapia, raw, 6 oz. 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder 1/2 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper 1/2 teaspoon of Salt 1/2 teaspoon of Pepper 1 tablespoons of Olive Oil 1 tablespoon of Butter
First, add the pistachios to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Transfer them to a small bowl and mix with the softened butter. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until hardened and ready to use.
Next, mix the garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt & pepper together in a 1/2 cup measurement.
Now, pat the fish down with a paper towel. Sprinkle the spices on the fish on all sides.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, when the skillet is hot add the olive oil and butter. As soon as the butter melts, add the fish; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Gently flip the fish, cover, and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat, still covered and let sit for 2-3 more minutes.
Plate the fish and serve topped with pistachio butter.
Happy Cooking, The Barbee Housewife Source: adapted from, How Sweet It Is