Chimichurri Sturgeon

Episode: 
Picazo 717

Presented by: Chef Frank Magana

Ingredients for Sturgeon

  • 2 lbs Sturgeon Fillets (4-8oz portions)
  • 1 batch Red Chimichurri (see below)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (julienned)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (julienned)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (julienned)
  • 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Ingredients for Red Chimichurri

  • 1/2 Cup Italian Parsley (Flat Leaf)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (cut in quarters)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (seeded, cut in quarters)
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes (seeded)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Each Bay Leaf
  • Heavy pinch of Salt
  • A few grinds of fresh ground Pepper
  • Pinch of Red Chili Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

Preparation for Sturgeon

Start by removing skin from the fillets and double checking for any bones. In a medium bowl pour half the Red Chimichurri over the sturgeon fillets and rub all over. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 375°F

Season the marinated Sturgeon fillets with salt & pepper. In a hot sauté pan over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 fillets of Sturgeon. Cook on each side for 3 minutes. Transfer to a roasting pan and sear the other 2 fillets as you did the first. Place all four fillets in the preheated oven and roast for 8-10 minutes, possibly longer if fillets are very thick.

While sturgeon is in the oven, heat a cast iron pan on over high heat. In a bowl, toss the bell peppers and onions with the remaining olive oil, add salt and pepper. Working in two batches, add half the onions & peppers to the hot cast iron pan and cook for just 2 minutes then remove from heat. Repeat process for second batch. We’re looking just to sear/char the peppers but leave them firm in the center. When done, remove Sturgeon from the oven and transfer from the roasting pan to a platter. Top with remaining Red Chimichurri and warm peppers & onions. I also like to finish this with a little reduced balsamic vinegar.

Preparation for Red Chimichurri

Add all the ingredients into a food processor. Begin with a few one-second pulses. As the larger pieces begin to break down, switch to “on” setting and chop for 1 minute. Taste and adjust for salt.

Allow the Chimichurri to rest for at least ten minutes for the flavors to combine. Enjoy!

Beverage Pairings: Chinook Cellars Semillion and Cabernet

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