On a recent trip to my new favorite spot, “Groomer Seafood“, I purchased some Escolar, sometimes known as “Butter Fish”. While I’d heard of Escolar before, I’d never tasted it and decided to give it a try. I’d heard it was very similar to Chilean Sea Bass both in texture and taste but with a much more appealing price tag! Once home, I decided to pan roast it… (brush with olive oil, season & sear in non-stick, oven-proof skillet on medium-high heat 3-4 minutes until nice crust is formed. Carefully flip the fish & pop the skillet into a preheated 450° oven for another 6-7 minutes). The fish was succulent, rich & buttery and utterly delicious. I topped it with a Tomato-Mint-Basil Salsa that was the perfect accompaniment!
Do be warned, however, that because of its high oil content, Escolar has a reputation for causing, let’s say, intestinal distress if eaten in larger portions than about 6 ounces. Enjoy in moderation!