Trader Vic's Sea Bass Napolean

Sea Bass Napoleon Ingredients:
  • 1 (6 oz.) sea bass, cut into 2 thin slices
  • 2 Tbsp Guajillo Chile Marinade,follows
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Lemon Grass Reduction Sauce,follows
  • 10 to 20 scallops, sliced into 2 thin pieces
  • 1 tsp blackened seasoning, galangal powder blend
  • Neutral oil
  • 1/3 cup currant, stemmed, or yellow and red pear tomatoes
  • 1/2 oz baby spinach, fresh
  • 1 oz enoki mushrooms
  • 1 (1 oz.) thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 1 sprig rosemary, 4 inches in length
  • 1/4 avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp orange tobiko (Japanese flying fish roe) image placeholder

Baste raw bass pieces with Guajillo chile marinade and set aside. Heat coconut reduction sauce and set aside; keep warm.

Brush scallops with blackened galangal powder blend and sear quickly, set aside and keep warm.

Heat sauté pan with little oil at medium low heat. When oil is hot, add bass, careful not to burn fish. Chile marinade contains a lot of sugar so watch your temperature, keep it low.

Blacken tomatoes in 1 Tbsp of neutral oil. Add spinach and enoki mushrooms. Cook down until spinach has wilted and sauce is hot. Check on bass and turn when ready.

Plate the dish when fish is done. Place coconut reduction sauce on large plate to cover completely. Place spinach mushroom mixture in center of plate. Place largest piece of bass on top of spinach. Place scallops on top of bass. Cover scallops with smoked salmon slices (salmon is chilled or at room temperature, do not cook). Cover salmon with second piece of bass and use rosemary sprig to hold it all in one place. Add avocado around the outside of fish and garnish with tobiko.

Coconut Milk and Lemon Grass Reduction Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 quart coconut milk
  • 3 1/2 stalks lemon grass, trimmed cleaned and bruised
  • 1 oz chipotle purée
  • 4 oz granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • Heavy cream, as needed if sauce breaks image placeholder

Place coconut milk and lemon grass in large pan and bring to simmer, do not boil. Reduce heat by 65 to 70 percent and cool. Add remaining ingredients working in slowly and tasting so as not to over-season. Chill and hold. Use heavy cream if sauce breaks.

Guajillo Chili Marinade Ingredients:

Ginger Oil Ingredients: image placeholder

For Guajillo chili marinade: Place dry chiles in large stockpot and cover with rice vinegar. Place sugar on top and bring to simmer, allow to cook until chiles are tender. Place chiles in blender and purée. Use liquid as needed for purée. Add ginger oil to 2 quarts of the purée and mix well. For ginger oil: Mix and bring to a boil, then leave at room temperature for 2 hours. Strain.

Makes 1