The Chilean Sea Bass is a also known as the Patagonia Toothfish. In Singapore, it is commonly known as ‘Cod’ as the meat looks similar to the Atlantic Cod which is used in Fish & Chips. The Adult Patagonian Toothfish can reach lengths of up to 2 m and weights of 100 kg. These large adults live near the bottom of the sea at depths of up to 3800m, where they hunt other fishes, squids, and crustaceans.
This fish is found in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica and highly sought after for it’s soft buttery meat and some have described the taste akin to wagyu! The meat is thick, fleshy and very rich with a high fat content including Omega 3 fatty-acid. It is excellent for grill and sautéed and would even taste great with seasonings like miso, soy sauce, ginger and chilies.
As the fishing ground is far from land, the cost of harvesting the fish is higher than most traditional fish caught in the region. Furthermore, with high global demand coupled with limited catch to sustain the ecosystem, the price of this fish is often pegged at a premium. Nonetheless, the unique experience of the Chilean Sea Bass dish is worth the while cognisant that you are tasting the freshest product from the icy cold ocean around Antarctica.