Did someone say Foil-Baked Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Parmesan Cream Sauce? Sounds good, right?! Making this delicious Chilean Sea Bass in foil along with garlic creamed spinach topped with a lemon parmesan cream sauce makes for the perfect dinner idea anytime!
Who doesn’t love Chilean Sea Bass? It’s rich, buttery, moist, and flaky and literally melts in your mouth. But what’s really strange is it’s not actually sea bass. It’s original name, Patagonian toothfish, doesn’t sound that appetizing so I don’t blame them for changing the name (way back in 1977). 🙂
Chilean Sea Bass can be found in the southern ocean areas of Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and New Zealand which is probably why this variety cost more than the average fish per pound. If you’ve ever enjoyed it, you know it’s worth every single dime.
Back home in Louisiana, the variety of fish options seemed to be limited to catfish, redfish, Sac-a-Lait, and perch. Once I began to travel, I was able to gain an appreciation for different types of fish that were more prevalent in other regions.
And that brings me to this delicious Foil-baked Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Parmesan Cream Sauce!
How to bake Chilean sea bass:
- I kept the seasoning simple in this recipe. Just season the sea bass on both sides with sea salt, black pepper, and Creole seasoning.
- Sauté the minced garlic in butter for 1 minute. Add in the fresh spinach and heavy cream. You’ll want to cook the spinach until it begins to wilt, but don’t overcook it because you’ll be putting it in the oven in a later step.
- Grab your foil and place half of the cooked spinach in the center. Place the sea bass over the spinach and seal the foil leaving enough room so the fish can steam. You’ll bake the seabass on a baking sheet for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.
- While the fish is cooking, you can start preparing the Parmesan Cream Sauce. Add butter, flour, and minced garlic to a pan and sauté for a few minutes. Add your wine and chicken broth and cook for another 3 minutes. Lastly, add the heavy whipping cream, parmesan cheese, flour, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, sea salt, fresh lemon zest, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Once the fish is done, pour on the sauce and serve.
Tips & Substitutions
- You can substitute any white, flaky fish in this recipe. For example, cod, red snapper, grouper, etc.
- The 12 -minute cooking time is for an average-sized 6 oz. (around 2 inches thick) Chilean sea bass. If you have a larger or thicker piece, you may need to cook your Chilean sea bass for up to 8 minutes longer. Adjust your cooking time in 2-minute increments if you are unsure.
- When you remove the fish and spinach from the foil, be sure to drain/discard any excess liquid that would have developed during the baking process. The only liquid you’ll need is from that delicious sauce!
- I like a lot of sauce and will typically use the leftover sauce for other recipes later in the week. The lemon Parmesan sauce is perfect on many other dishes, including pasta!
- If you are not planning for (or do not want any) excess sauce, you can split the recipe for the Lemon Parmesan Sauce in half.
Baking this delicious dish sealed in foil along with garlic cream spinach adds additional flavor while it steams the fish to perfection.
The lemon sauce blended with the Parmesan cheese and whipping cream was a sauce experiment that ended up being a home run. I actually use this sauce on so many recipes, including fresh pasta!
When you want to turn your kitchen into an upscale dining experience give this Foil Baked Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Parmesan Cream Sauce a try – paired with your favorite red or white wine, of course.
Here are a few more seafood recipes you might enjoy:
- Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon
- Creamy Tuscan Steelhead Trout
- Creole Fish Etouffee
- Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout
- Pan Seared Salmon with Succotash
- Baked Flounder with Tomatoes and Basil
- Hot Cajun Fish Dip