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Mother’s Day Recipes….Main Course…Part 2

Pecan and Dijon Crusted Chilean Sea Bass Over Zucchini Slaw

Hi everyone! Here is our Mother’s Day Celebration Main Course! Now, I must admit I don’t cook seafood very often, but oh baby is this an incredible recipe!!

I remember strolling through Whole Foods last week thinking…..I’ve got to do a seafood dish, something easy and really delicious! You will absolutely have no trouble cooking this up in your kitchen, fish is surprisingly so easy to make and cooks up really fast. The dijon and pecan crust here is…um….finger licking good, so prepare yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all enjoy our Mother’s Day Main Course. If you’ve never cooked fish, this is a great one to try. Not fishy tasting at all and it has great texture. My hubby went nuts for this, think I caught him licking his plate clean!

Some snapshots of the ingredients in this recipe during my trip to Whole Foods ๐Ÿ™‚

A basic sprinkle of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to season!

Let the little fishy get nice and golden brown, YUM!

Brush tops with dijon mustard and press with pecans

Pecan and Dijon Crusted Chilean Sea Bass Over Zucchini Slaw

4 6 oz Chilean Sea Bass filets, skin removed

Pinches of Kosher Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard

1 Cup finely chopped pecans


1 green zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry with paper towel

1 yellow squash, shredded and squeezed dry with paper towel

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


1 Cup heavy cream

2 Tablespoons dijon mustard

Pinch of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


Steamed baby carrots on the side, if desired

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sea bass onto a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides with pinches of kosher salt and pepper. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is very hot, carefully place sea bass into oil. Let cook for 4 minutes on first side, until golden brown then flip and cook for an additional 4 minutes, until golden brown on second side. Transfer fish back to same baking sheet and brush tops with dijon mustard then press with finely chopped pecans. Bake for 7 minutes and remove from oven.

2. While fish is baking, heat oil into a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in zuchhini and squash just to warm, about 2 minutes, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat and transfer to large serving plate. Cover to keep warm. Place cream, dijon, salt and pepper into a separate rimmed skillet or small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until warmed, slightly thickened and season to taste. Reduce heat to low and let simmer.

3. Place sea bass over bed of zucchini then drizzle cream sauce over top. Serve immediately. Serve with a side of steamed baby carrots if desired.

4 servings

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  1. 1

    Such a beautiful presentation! While I could probably make it, I could never serve it that beautifully!

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    Shannon says:

    This is a great idea for a Mother’s Day dinner and you have presented it in such a fabulous way. Thank you for the many ideas, keep them coming!

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    Molly says:

    Oh yum, Jenny! Sea Bass is my all-time favorite. It’s so rich and buttery, yet light. This preparation looks divine.

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    joanne says:

    I’m pretty sure both my mom and I would adore this, especially since I’m on a dijon kick lately. Delicious!

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    Debbi says:

    I love this on the light zucchini slaw, wonderful!

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    Michelle says:

    OH…we love Sea Bass and adding the pecans sounds so good!

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    You cooked the fish perfectly – perfectly moist and flaky. Chilean sea bass is such a tender, buttery fish and I’ll bet that the pecan coating really complements that texture.

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    Maria says:

    Great main dish. I am loving the slaw too!

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    Kristin says:

    This looks yummy! My husband likes fish. I hardly ever cook it but this recipe looks easy. Love your site. Thanks for another great idea.

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    LilSis says:

    I absolutely cannot wait to try this recipe! We have fish for dinner at least twice a week so I’m always looking for new recipes. This looks fantastic.

  12. 12

    OOOOOH! Just thinking about the taste of dijon and pecans makes my mouth water….

    Being allergic to fish, I’m wondering if it would work with chicken or pork? What do you think?

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    Amanda :) says:

    Oh my gosh, Jenny that looks absolutely amazing!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous pictures!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tracy says:

    Looks amazing! Wish we had a Whole Foods near us.

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    Kelly says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I will definitely try this!

  16. 16

    This is exactly the kind of dinner I would prepare for us. Looks great!!

  17. 17

    I love fish dishes. This crusted fish sounds and looks absolutely delicious!

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    Fuji Mama says:

    We LOVE fish at our house and this looks fabulous! I can’t wait for the next course!

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    This meal sounds delicous, easy and healthy. I definately will make this soon! Thanks for sharing! Love the pecans!

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    megan says:

    what a delicious looking meal! I dont cook a lot of fish but this looks like a good one to try.

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    Krista says:

    Gorgeous pictures! What a wonderful dish!

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    Becki D says:

    Wow that looks SO YUMMY!!! And you make it sound so easy, I’m tempted to try it, though I’ve never tackled fish before.

    Thanks for another great recipe, Jenny!

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    Heather says:

    This looks and sounds wonderful. Sea bass is one of my favorite fish and the addition of the pecans sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try. Once again another wonderful recipe. Thanks Jenny!

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    Jamie says:

    That fish looks perfectly cooked. I just made pecan crusted orange roughy last night….we must be on the same wave length. We eat seafood all the time, especially being on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I wish we had a Whole Foods here. Thanks for a wonderful Mother’s Day meal.

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    Gaby says:

    Sea bass is my absolute favorite fish ever!! Its so tender and delicious. I usually only make it for my clients because its sooo expensive but I can’t wait to try this recipe out for them!! xo

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