Have you ever heard of Patagonian or Antarctic toothfish?
Both of these are names for the popular Chilean sea bass that is available at select seafood restaurants.
Many people overlook this fish when it is on a menu because they aren’t sure what it is.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chilean sea bass and its interesting history.
The Basics of Chilean Sea Bass
Chilean sea bass is a high-quality fish that comes from the shores of Chile. This area is known to have excellent fish and traditional dishes that people can’t get enough of and Chilean seabass is one of them.
This high- end fish is quite popular and can only be found in the nicest restaurants.
Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you would have the chance to get this at chain seafood restaurants because it is a top-dollar item.
Below is further information on this fish and how it became so popular.
All in the Name
As stated above, Chilean sea bass has not always had this name, it used to be called Patagonian Toothfish and Antarctic Toothfish.
Many people had no desire to eat this fish because the name Antarctic Toothfish sounded so unappetizing.
It wasn’t until 1977 when a fish wholesaler by the name of Lee Lantz changed the name.
But it wasn’t until 1994 that the United States Food and Drug Administration officially accepted the name Chilean seabass as an acceptable alternative for this delectable cod icefish.
Health Benefits of Chilean Sea Bass
In addition to tasting so good, Chilean Sea Bass offers some great health benefits too!
High amounts of Vitamin D
Having enough vitamin D is important for a number of reasons, such as maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
Rich source of Protein
Your body needs a sufficient amount of protein to build and repair tissues. Protein is also needed to make hormones, enzymes, and other body chemicals. Protein is essential as a building block for your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Plenty of Omega-3 Fatty Acid
having enough Omega-3 Fatty acid in your diet is essential in preventing and managing heart disease. It can help reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.
How to Cook Chilean Sea Bass
Now that we’ve dug into the history and the health benefits of Chilean Seabass, it’s time to get to cooking.
Chilean Sea Bass can be prepared in many ways. Here are three different recipes; grilled, pan-seared, and baked.
Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Aji Pebre Recipe
Here’s a delicious recipe for Chile’s two most famous foods, Chilean Sea Bass and aji pebre Chileno.
2 lbs Sea Bass
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
3 TBSP Butter
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 TBSP Flat Leaf Parsley
In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, and sea salt.
Sprinkle seasonings onto the fish.
Preheat grill to high heat and lightly oil grill grate
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the chopped garlic and parsley. When the butter has melted, remove from heat, and set aside.
Grill fish for 6 minutes, then turn and drizzle with butter. Continue cooking for 6 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
Serve drizzled with authentic Chilean pebre.