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Japanese Sea Bass (Suzuki) With Shisho-Leaf Dipping Sauce

Provided by: Chef Masa Takayama
Served at: Masa

  • Type of Dish: Main Courses
  • Servings: 6
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Special Requests: Healthy, Quick and Easy
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Japanese Sea Bass
6 Japanese sea-bass fillets (suzuki), 6 to 8 ounces each (Chilean sea bass can be substituted)
4 teaspoons sea salt
12 dried bamboo leaves (soaked), or fresh ti leaves (available at flower shops)
1–2 tablespoons olive oil
Toothpicks or small bamboo skewers

Shiso-leaf Dipping Sauce
20 green shiso leaves
1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon kosher salt


For the sea bass
Season the fish generously with salt. Coat the leaves with oil and wrap each fillet in 1 or 2 leaves, depending on its size. Fasten the leaves with a toothpick or skewer. Grill the wrapped fish directly over the heat for about 6 minutes, roughly 3 minutes per side. Move the fish off the direct heat if the leaves start to burn. Serve with the cucumber-and-wakame sunomono and Japanese short-grain rice.

For the sauce
Grind the leaves in a blender with the vinegar. Add the salt and blend again before straining. Prepare close to serving time to retain the leaves’ vibrant green color.

(Published 2005)

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