Fish Friday: Striped Bass with Arrabbiata Sauce and Clams Casino

I think many people are intimidated to cook fish or perhaps they’re just uninspired. I suppose that then the Lenten season and its fish Fridays could just because vegetarian Fridays. No real harm done here, but if you’re looking to get your feet wet in the fish department, I say go big or go home. A striped bass with chorizo and a spicy arrabbiata sauce to give it a kick should be the ticket to a fish Friday fiesta.

Wolfgang Puck’s Striped Bass with Arrabbiata Sauce and Clams Casino
1 3-pound striped bass or snapper (scaled, cleaned and gutted)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 cup yellow onion, sliced
10 ounces Spanish chorizo, sliced 1/8-inch thick
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon capers, washed
1/2 cup Spanish olives, pitted
1 tablespoon oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
1 pound littleneck clams, scrubbed well
3 cups Wolfgang Puck’s Arrabbiata Sauce
1 lemon, cut into quarters

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Put fish in a large colander and rinse under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towel and transfer to large non reactive baking dish. Rub fish with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season generously with kosher salt.

In a large bowl, combine onion, chorizo, garlic, white wine, capers, olives, half of each chopped herb and Wolfgang Puck’s Arrabbiata Sauce. Arrange half of the mixture under the fish, lay fish on top, and arrange the remaining mixture on top.

Bake for 30 minutes, add clams and continue to bake for about 10 clams open and until juices run clear from fish.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Serve directly out of baking dish or transfer to a platter by using 2 spoons loosening the head from the body of the fish, lift away and discard. Run 1 spoon along the spine of the fish, and gently break the flesh into 2 fillets. Lift the fillets onto a serving platter. Carefully check for bones and discard. Place remaining fish fillets on the platter, spoon over Wolfgang Puck’s Arrabbiata Sauce topping over fish, arrange clams and lemon wedges around fillets, sprinkle with remaining herbs.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck and Campbell’s Soup.

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