You don’t hear about many Patagonian Toothfish recipes, mostly because the fish is also known as Chilean Sea Bass. Call it what you will, it’s as succulent and as flaky as fish can be. It will melt in your mouth! In this recipe it’s prepared with an amazing sweet red pepper sauce.Please don’t be turned off by its name! There are no teeth in the fillets, I promise!
You probably know Patagonian Toothfish as Chilean Sea Bass, which is really just a more palatable name for it. So actually, there are a lot of Patagonian Toothfish recipes out there, only they likely have Chilean Sea Bass in their titles.
Buying Sustainable Fish: Is it okay to eat Patagonian Toothfish (Chilean Sea Bass)?
For many years this fish was on the Seafood Watch “red list.” Now though, if it’s marked with a blue eco-label of the Marine Stewardship Council, it’s sustainable and okay to purchase. Otherwise, be sure to ask the fish monger where in the world it came from — and before you do, check this out first to be sure you know where it should come from. This is not my area of expertise, so please read all about it here.
What does Toothfish taste like?
This fish is super succulent, buttery, and flaky, with a mild sweet flavor. It’s so delicious!
Sweet Red Pepper Sauce
This sauce would be fantastic with almost any fish — or chicken . . . or meat . . . or vegetable — really, it’s divine on anything.
Seriously, you could drink it, it’s so good!
You can use any sweet red peppers you’d like to, though my first choice are the Sweet Kapia peppers from Melissa’s Produce.
Photo credit: Melissas.com
Enjoy every last succulent bite of this Red Pepper-Spinach Patagonian Toothfish!
Patagonian Toothfish with Red Pepper
- 2 cups sweet red peppers (Kapia, Pimentos, Bell, or Cherry), roughly chopped
- ½ cup fresh tomato, washed and dried, seeds removed, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- 10 ounces fresh spinach, washed and dried, stems removed
- 4 (approximately 5-ounce) fillets Patagonian Toothfish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment, blend the peppers and tomato with the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, paprika, salt and sugar.
- Pour the sauce into a medium to large, oven-proof skillet (cast iron is perfect), and place it over medium-high heat.
- Add the spinach and cook until it's completely wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Season both sides of the fillets with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Then add them to the pan, being sure to coat both sides with the sauce.
- Place the pan in the preheated 400°F oven and cook just until the fillets are cooked through -- it should still be translucent in the center, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.