Enjoy this light fish supper which is given an interesting twist thanks to a distinct Asian influence. This recipe comes courtesy of Chewton Glen, one of the finest country house hotels in the UK. The cod is from Hutchings Bros in Bournemouth, and, where possible yours too should be sourced from a similarly knowledgeable local fishmonger.
Ingredients : Serves 4
- 50ml mirin
- 100ml sake
- 200ml soy sauce
- 1 star anise
- 1 lemongrass
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 kaffir lime leaf
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 50ml rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 100ml fish sauce
- 100ml water
- 100ml fresh lime juice
For the cod
- 4 x 150g cod fillets, skinless and boneless
- 4 tbsp miso paste
- 75ml sesame oil
- 2 heads of pak choi, cut into quarters
- 25g ginger, peeled and finely diced
- 1 head of Chinese cabbage, shredded
- 200g beansprouts
- 2 tsp black sesame seeds
- 8 spring onions
- 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into quarters lengthways
- 2 red chillies, finely sliced
- Bunch coriander leaves
To make the dressing, place all the ingredients together in a heavy-based saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over a medium heat. Pass through a sieve and reserve.Brush the cod portions evenly with the miso paste. Place on a Japanese steamer tray and set aside.Warm the sesame oil and quickly sauté the pak choi and ginger for one minute before adding the Chinese cabbage. Cook for a further two minutes then add the beansprouts and sesame seeds. Pour in the rest of the miso dressing, mix well and keep warm.
Blanche the spring onion for one minute in boiling salted water then refresh, and pat dry. Transfer to a chargrill along with the cucumber until both colour. Place the cod tray onto a pan of boiling water and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes or until the cod is cooked. In the serving dish place the cucumber, spring onion and the pak choi, mix then rest the cooked cod on top. Sprinkle with the black sesame, red chilli slices, coriander leaves and serve.
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