Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Steamed Fish with Szechuan Noodles

This is a fast, healthy, and very flavorful meal that you can probably make from things you have around the house-- I use broccoli and pea shoots here but any vegetable would work (peas, carrots, green beans, etc). If you don't have szechuan pepper, get some. It's amazing stuff-- peppery, tingly, and basically fantastic. It really changes the flavor of this dish. If I didn't have it, I'd probably put ginger in the sauce instead.

You'll need (serves 2, but doubles easily):
2 fillets of ocean perch or any other firm white fish
1/2lb fresh spelt pasta (we used Phoenix Pastificio's) or buckwheat/soba noodles
broccoli, cut into small florets
pea shoots
6 cloves garlic
4 scallions
1/4c soy sauce
2T mirin (rice cooking wine)
1T rice wine vinegar
sriracha, to taste
1t cracked szechuan pepper

Crush 4 cloves garlic. Slice scallions. Place in small bowl with soy sauce, mirin, vinegar, sriracha, and peppercorns.

Cook pasta until barely al dente. Drain and set aside.

Salt and pepper fish. Place in skillet with tight-fitting lid. Add 2T prepared sauce and 1/4c water. Cover and cook on low about 10 minutes, until fish flakes.

Steam broccoli in a large skillet; drain and set aside. Slice 2 cloves garlic. Add a little oil to the skillet and add pea shoots and garlic. Return broccoli to skillet with cooked pasta and prepared sauce. Cook until pea shoots wilt and noodles absorb sauce, about 2 minutes.

Remove fish from pan and reduce remaining sauce. Pour sauce over fish and serve with noodles.


Anonymous said...

if i was not a vegan, this would like very good. why don't you have more recipes with natural uncooked food? and wine before it has been crushed, such as just grapes? are you a meat eater? just like obama, you probably kill flies. oh well, you mean well.

purplecook said...

You are not vegan. And really this tastes less healthy than it is. I will trick you into eating it one day.

nomadictribesmen said...

i certainly hope it tastes less healthy than it is. you know who ate healthy food? you have three guesses.

Anonymous said...

to the nomadictribesperson:

first guess: bozo the clown
second guess: a. hitler
third guess: g. bush

the dish looks very good. i do like the idea of pea shoots.

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