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Chilean Sea Bass Mousse Wrapped with Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Lemon Aioli

Chilean Sea Bass Mousse Wrapped with Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Lemon Aioli

The horseradish-lemon aioli hidden insides adds this special occasion appetizer of sea bass mousse wrapped in smoked salmon adds extra zest to an already special dish. 

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  • 6Servings


Sea Bass Mousse:

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil, chiffonade
  • 1 1/2 pound chilean sea bass, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sugar to taste (approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt to taste (approximately  2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 pound sliced smoked salmon

Horseradish and Lemon Aioli:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons prepared white horseradish, liquid squeezed out
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


Sea Bass Mousse:

1. Preheat oven to 325⁰ F.

2. In a food processor with the blade attachment, process the onions until finely minced. Remove and place in a large mixing bowl. 

3. Place carrots and celery in the food processor and process until finely minced. Combine with onions. Add parsley and basil to bowl and mix.

4. Add sea bass to food processor and process until fine. Add in the eggs, sugar, salt and pepper and mix until combined. 

5. Add sea bass mixture to vegetables/herbs mixture. Mix well with a spoon.

6. Using a spoon, make 2-3 ounce quenelles (oval or egg shapes) and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until tender and firm. Cool and reserve.

Horseradish and Lemon Aioli:

1. In a small bowl, add the egg yolks, horseradish, lemon, and salt. Combine well using a flexible whisk. 

2. Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking vigorously in a slow steady stream. Whisk until all the oil has been emulsified. This entire aioli can also be done in a food processor. Set aside.


1. Place a small dollop of the aioli on a piece of the sea bass mousse.

2. Lay the salmon flat on a cutting board. (Depending on the size of the smoked salmon slices, you may need 1-2 salmon pieces per mousse.) Place sea bass mousse on top, and roll so the smoked salmon wraps evenly around. Repeat this process until done.

3. To plate, place 1-2 pieces of the Chilean sea bass mousse wrapped with smoked salmon on a plate with the sweet and sour beet salad and extra aioli. Drizzle with some of the natural beet syrup.

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