Ginger Miso Sea Bass in Shitake Mushroom Broth Recipe

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•2 cups water
•4 tablespoons red miso (aka-miso) or white miso, divided (Hikari was the brand I used)
•8 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, thinly sliced
•3 green onions, dark and pale green part thinly sliced, white part minced
½ red pepper thinly sliced & chopped
1 head of bok choy, chopped
•2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
•1.5 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon chopped shallots
•2 6-ounce skinless striped bass fillets
•1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
Chopped cilantro
Serves 2

Whisk 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons miso in medium saucepan. Add shiitake mushrooms, ½ T of ginger & red pepper and simmer over medium heat until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in green onion. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
Meanwhile, mix 2 tablespoons miso, shallots, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and minced fresh ginger in small bowl. Sprinkle striped bass fillets with pepper. Spread ginger mixture over 1 side of bass fillets, pressing to adhere. Sprinkle panko over coated side of fillets; press to adhere.
Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fillets to skillet, coated side down, and sauté until brown and crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Turn fillets over and sauté until cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Divide shiitake mushroom broth between 2 shallow bowls. Place 1 fish fillet in center of each bowl. Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro over and serve.


Sea Bass in shiitake, ginger miso broth

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I had a craving for sea bass in a miso broth so I decided to try to make it myself. I have only had a similar dish once before & I have never forgotten it. I was wondering through the West Village in NYC after passing my first level sommelier exam. I wanted to celebrate with a special dinner. I came upon a tiny restaurant down a small side street. It had long curtains over the window & looked very elegant. There was a bar at the front of the restaurant. I love sitting at the bar when I am by myself so I decided to check it out. I am sorry to say that I have lost the name of the restaurant. It is bummer because I had one of the best meals in my life: Sea Bass in miso broth. I decided tonight was the night to try & recreate it.  I think I did a pretty good job. I looked up recipes online & put together my version. I will post the recipe shortly.