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Old 06-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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Sea bass, skin on or off?

On Father's Day I am making Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass.....Question: Skin on or off?

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Old 06-16-2011, 10:04 AM   #2
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Skin on... nice and crisp.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:43 AM   #3
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I like to leave the skin on - you can lightly oil the skin to help with the crisping, it also help keep the flesh from being inadvertently' torn up on the first side down in the pan. probably 'keeps' a bit of flavor as well.

it's easy enough to remove the skin if you prefer to serve it that way - done on a hot pan it generally 'separates' very easily, with potentially just a little adhesion around the thinner edges (depending on how deep the oil is, you can get some 'deep fried' effects around the edges).

exception: if I bread the fish, I remove the skin before breading/pan frying.....
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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Your answer lies in the cooking method. If you are pan searing it, the skin will be crispy tasty an colourful, and protect the fleshy matter so it stays tender.

Start with the skin side down on med high heat. Turn down to med heat after searing and let it cook mostly through on that side. Just before service, flip the fillet over and give a little colour to the meat for just a minute or two.

Great choice by the way. Have fun.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:47 PM   #5
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It a piece of fish comes with the skin on, I cook it that way. It is either tasty on it's own, or adds flavor to the meat and can removed later if desired.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #6
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also if you have trouble with the skin curling score the skin with a sharp knife just like 3 or so slices per fish should do on an angle.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:43 PM   #7
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Is it really Chilean Sea Bass? Whatever it is, skin on.

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