Baked Sea Bass Fillets with Green Shellfish Condiment

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Credit: Didier Loire
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Ingredients (8 people)

Shellfish

Herb Butter

  • 7 ounces salted farm butter (200 g)
  • 2 ounces fresh almonds, shelled and sliced (50 g)
  • 2 ounces fresh walnuts, shelled and sliced (50 g)
  • 1 bunch chervil
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 2 1/2 ounces shallots (70 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 ounce grain mustard (30 g)
  • 1 ounce Jabugo ham (30 g)
  • 1 ribbon lemon zest, chopped

Vegetables

Green Puree

  • 1 lb spinach (500 g)
  • 3 bunches parsley
  • 1 bunch watercress

Green Shellfish

  • 4 razor clams, shelled alive
  • 4 oysters
  • 7 fluid ounces olive oil (20 cl)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 7 ounces fresh almonds (20 g)
  • 1 fennel heart
  • 2 wild asparagus
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

Step 1: Sea Bass

Scale and clean the bass, removing the head and the tail. Cut the fillets from the central bone. Remove the ventral bones as well as the skin. Trim the fillets, leaving only the white parts.

Cut 8 portions, 5-1/2 ounces (160 g) each. Coat in olive oil, and season with fleur de sel. Sear over a very low heat so as not to brown, and finish cooking in the oven in a buttered, cast iron dish.

When the fish is cooked, deglaze the cast iron dish with some oil, and coat the fish in this sauce. Season with fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper.

Step 2: Shellfish

Soak the clams and razor clams in salted water in the dark so that all the sand is released. Rinse again under running water, and drain.

In a large sauté pan, sweat the diced shallots in some butter. Add 1 garlic clove, the bouquet garni and the drained clams, and deglaze with white wine. Cook covered until the clams open. Drain the cooking juices, and set them aside.

Once cooled, trim the littleneck clams and coat with herb butter, prepared below.

This recipe was originally published in "Culinary Encyclopedia by Alain Ducasse" (Éditions Alain Ducasse). See all credits

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