Chilean Sea Bass With Moho Sauce

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Posting for ZWT 7. This recipe comes from If Chilean sea bass is unavailable, any sea bass or firm white fish is fine to use for this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare the Moho Sauce: Mix the garlic and onion in a small bowl with the cumin, salt, and pepper. Place the oil in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat. Add the onion mixture and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until translucent. Add the lime juice and vinegar, then simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. (Makes 2/3 cup.).
  2. Halve the sea bass fillets crosswise (into 8-ounce pieces).
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk the lime juice with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Add the fish and coat well. Marinate for 15 minutes. Remove and pat dry.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  5. With a very sharp knife, score the skin side of the fish twice diagonally to prevent curling.
  6. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Sear the fish, skin-side down, over medium heat, holding the fillets down with a spatula until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
  7. Remove fish to an ovenproof dish or skillet and bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  8. Meanwhile, set the Moho Sauce over very low heat and gently heat through.
  9. Peel and slice the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and slice each half into thin slices lengthwise.
  10. To serve, place a fish fillet in the center of 4 dinner plates. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of Moho Sauce atop each fillet. Fan 3 or 4 slices of avocado atop each serving and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Place a bowl of the extra cilantro and a bowl of Moho Sauce on the table.
Most Helpful

5 5

5 Stars! I didn't expect the flavor from the ingredients listed, but this is fabulous! Thanks so much for posting this recipe, I enjoyed it very much! I did increase the garlic a bit, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Made for ZWT7.

5 5

This is excellent!! I think it would even be wonderful without the moho sauce because the marinade makes the fish taste amazing. The avocado and cilantro sent put this recipe over the top. We loved this fish! Made for ZWT7 and the Golden Gourmets.

4 5

A lovely recipe. I will make again and stick to just searing the halved Chilean sea bass to give it a nice golden crust, and will reduce the lime juice. Thank you for posting.