Steamed Black Sea Bass, Diced Zucchini, Fennel and Heirloom Tomatoes with a Basil and Vegetable Nage
Service for 2
1 black sea bass
1 tomato peeled and diced
1 zucchini diced
Basil to garish
olive oil to garnish
For the Fish
Score the fish with a sharp knife a few times across the skin where the fish is thickest. This will allow the fillet to steam more evenly. Season both sides of the fish fillet with salt and pepper.
For the Vegetables
Dice the fennel, zucchini and tomatoes. Add the vegetable nage to a frying pan with a cover and bring to a boil. Season lightly. Add the fennel first since it will longer to cook. Cook the fennel for a few minutes until slightly al dente with the cover on. Add the zucchini for another minute. Then lay the fish on top of the vegetables allowing it to steam in the nage vapors. After a minute of steaming add the tomatoes and a few basil leaves. The fish should be steamed within 2-3 minutes. Poke the blade of a knife into the fillet to check. Garnish with fresh basil
Put the cooked vegetables and tomatoes in a warm dish. Add some vegetable nage and then place the fish fillet on top.
Drizzle a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil over the fish and vegetables. Season with sea salt.