Anticuchos of White Seabass with Aji Chile Honey Marinade And Semilla Salsa

YIELD: 6 servings


2 pickled Peruvian aji chiles available in Latin grocery stores
1-1/2 Tablespoons honey
Salt to taste
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup black and white sesame seeds mixed
1 cup peanuts and pumpkin seeds mixed
15 chiles de arbol stems and seeds removed
6 (2.5 oz. portions) scaled seabass fillet with skin left on
3 Tablespoons grape seed oil


Stem and seed the aji chilies and chop to achieve a smooth paste. In a mixing bowl combine the honey and the chile paste with salt to taste. In a hot skillet over medium heat, cook the chiles de arbol careful not to burn them. Remove the chiles with a slotted spoon into a food processor and pulse until chiles are chopped but not a powder. In the same pan, toast all the nuts and seeds for about 3 minutes, until golden . Return the chiles to the pan with the nuts and cook one more minute. Add salt to taste. On a cutting board, season the fish fillets on both sides with salt and black pepper. With the skin side down brush a generous amount of the chile honey marinade on top side. In a sautee pan heat the grape seed oil. Once the oil is hot, place the seabass with skin side down. Cook until the skin is crisp. Turn the fillet over and finish cooking for 1 minute in the oven. Place 2 tablespoons of the salsa on a small plate and top with the fish and a dollop of aji chile honey marinade.