Friday, April 14, 2006

Easter in Panama

Easter in Panama is celebrated all week starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday. Catholics who take their religion seriously do not eat any kind of meat or chicken during the first two days, as a signal of remembering the suffering that Jesus Christ went through in his journey to the cross.

Fish and seafood are consumed widely, and one of the typical and preferred dishes of the Panamanians is Corvina in a Garlic-Butter Sauce. Corvina is a type of sea bass found in the Pacific Ocean that lives all along the western coasts of America, from Chile to California.

Here is a simple but delicious recipe. Corvina can be replaced with any other kind of fish with firm flesh.

Enjoy and Happy Easter!

Corvina with Garlic Butter

2 fillets of white Sea bass, abour 6 oz each
salt and white pepper to taste
4 cloves finely chopped garlic
4 oz unsalted butter plus 1 Tablespoon
1 T chopped fresh parsley
juice of half a lemon

Salt and pepper the fish fillet on both sides. Melt the butter in a skillet and cook the fish until done, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the fish and add the chopped garlic. Cook gently over medium heat until soft, but not brown. Add the chopped garlic and lemon juice. Place the fish on a plate and spoon the garlic butter over it.

For another delicious corvina recipe, The Cooking Diva blog.

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