Saturday, December 29, 2012

Asian-Style Sea Bass with Ponzu Sauce - Certified Steak and Seafood Promotion

This sponsorship is brought to you by Certified Steak & Seafood Company
                       who we have partnered with for this promotion.

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Included in the box received I received for the promotion sponsored by Certified Steak and Seafood Company, were the beautiful Chilean Sea Bass steaks that I used to create the recipe I want to share with you tonight. The steaks arrived vacuum sealed and carefully packed in dry ice, so there was no hint of premature thawing. Once thawed and baked the thick bass steaks were sweet, butter soft and flaky. They were every bit as good as the beef filets the company provided for the Mushroom-Crusted Filet Mignon that I featured last evening. I'm really impressed with the quality of the fish and beef CSS provides for its customers and I heartily recommend them to you. Before going into tonight's featured recipe, I'd like to tell you a bit about Certified Steak and Seafood Company. This is the information they wanted me to share with you and I'm happy to oblige.

"Our commitment to our customers is simple: Offer the highest quality products at the best price and back it with a 100% guarantee. We source directly with no 'middle man' making our supply chain the shortest in the industry. This allows us to maintain the highest quality standards all the way to your plate. On top of this, we sample all products at the moment of final packaging and have a world-renowned laboratory test for various types of adulteration or contamination. This ensures that the food you purchase from us is pure and safe.

Certified Steak and Seafood Company was formed by the three Frisch boys, Mark, Adam, and Steven; all of whom thought that everyone should be able to buy the highest quality steaks and seafood direct. The brothers experience comes from a three generation family owned wholesale company that is one of the largest seafood importers in America.

They have vast experience in sourcing and selling high quality seafood and meat products to the commercial trade — and bring you the same grade of products fine restaurants, resorts, hotels, and high-end retail stores demand – and at a direct price that gives you tremendous value for every purchase."

Tonight's recipe uses their Chilean Sea Bass steaks. This is what the brother's would like you to know about their product.

Certified Steak & Seafood

CSS Chilean Sea Bass - A popular favorite in restaurants across America, the best Chilean Sea Bass now comes to your table courtesy Certified Steak and Seafood. Harvested and processed under close inspection of the National Marine Fishery Service, this wild caught fish is soft, tender, smooth and easy to cook. The filets make for an impressive meal or memorable gift.

Chilean Sea Bass is in fact just the marketing name for the fish called Patagonian Toothfish. It’s actually not a bass and not always fished in the waters of Chile, but Chileans were the first to market it, so the name just stuck. Although not as beautiful as the others, this fish is quite the diamond in the rough. Its firm yet tender white meat make this fish a premium choice for a scrumptious meal.

There is a common misconception that Chilean Sea Bass is an endangered species. While that is not true, its premium value, makes it subject to illegal fishing that makes managing the population of this fish very difficult. This is why CSS, verifies that all of its sources are reputable, and offer peace of mind with every bite.

The company, which for years has worked with restaurants and resorts, recently began selling directly to consumers. This promotion is part of a campaign effort to build awareness about their brand and amazing products. All available products can be seen in their catalog which can be found here, or by clicking on the image below. The coupon code just below entitles you to $25 off an order placed before February 28, 2013. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

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                                           Asian-Style Sea Bass with Ponzu Sauce

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This lovely entree is a study in simplicity and spare elegance. There are few recipes easier to prepare than this, but when made with quality ingredients it produces a meal that's fit for royalty. This dish is decidedly Asian, so I go all out and serve the fish on a bed of spinach that's quickly sauteed and lightly flavored with a touch of sesame oil and garlic. The meal can be on the table in less than 30 minutes and I have only one caution to share with you regarding its preparation. Please, please, please - don't overcook the fish. Use an instant read thermometer and bake the fish until it has an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. The steaks I used were an inch and a half thick and it took about 15 minutes for them to reach that temperature. It is also important to let the steaks sit for 5 minutes before you serve them. The sauce is as easy to make as the fish and it will cause you no problems whatsoever. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. It really is delicious. Here's how the fish is made.

1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup commercially prepared ponzu* sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar.
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup saki
1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
Sea Bass
Nonstick cooking spray
4 (8-oz.) sea bass steaks, about 1-1/2 inches thick
Coarse salt and pepper
Sauteed spinach
Optional: Toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions.

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2) To prepare sauce: Combine brown sugar, commercially bottled ponzu sauce, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, saki and sesame oil in a small pan. Bring to a boil and simmer until sauce bubbles and becomes syrupy.
3) To prepare fish: Season steaks with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in prepared baking dish. Spoon 2 teaspoons sauce over each steak. Reserve unused glaze. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until fish is just cooked through (internal temperature of steaks will be 140 degrees F). Let sit for 5 minutes. Spoon reserved sauce over steaks. Serve on top of a bed sauteed spinach. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and scallions, if using. Yield: 4 servings.

*Ponzu is a citrus flavored soy sauce that is popular in Japan. It can be found in the Asian-food aisle of any large grocery store.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

This looks really tender, flaky, and good. But I have never heard of Ponzu sauce

Sutapa said...

This is very tempting ..never heard of ponzu sauce but sounds awesome....Wish you and all your loved ones a very bright New Year 2013!<3:)

Big Dude said...

It would be hard to choose between this and the beef filet if both were on the menu.

David said...

Mary, Great looking fish entree! Sounds good too... Have a happy and healthy New Year! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful meal! I love the flavors and the bass is a treat - delicious
mary x

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Sea bass is a lovely did a great job with your preparation.

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