Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fried Snapper in a "Szechuan" Garlic, Ginger Chili Sauce (Fish Roe included)

When I go grocery shopping in San Francisco Chinatown. I'm almost certain I'm getting the lowest prices and freshest ingredients. My pork dishes always comes out beautifully - tender and sweet. I can fill my entire refrigerator with the brightest seasonal vegetables for about an Andrew Jackson. I mostly look forward to the fresh fish and ridiculously bargain basement price.

91109782The deal of the day was the absurdly gorgeous giant Snapper, which also yielded an absurd amount of roe. We bought 6 fishes for various dishes - to fry, stew, or in a soup.

The sauce works on just about everything: chicken, pork chops, beef slices, tofu - as long as it is fried (lightly dusted with flour and pan fried, I like to avoid deep frying.)

Have the fish monger clean the fish, remember to save the roe if available.

The fishes are about 2 pounds each, lightly dusted with flour and slowly pan fried in vegetable oil on medium-low heat. The fish took about 25 mins to cook through, I like to press the thickest part to test if the fish is done. The meat should be firm but not hard, set aside.

The sauce takes only a few minutes once all the ingredients are ready.

Fried Tilapia in a Ginger Garlic Glazed Sauce

Ginger Garlic Chili Sauce

8 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of sake or mirin
1/2 Cup water
6-10 dry red chili peppers (optional)
6 garlic gloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, micro paned
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
Vegetable oil
3 scallions including the white part, chopped
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoon cold water
1 Tablespoon of chili paste (optional)

Mix the soy sauce, water, sugar, vinegar, ginger and chili paste in bowl. Liberally coat the bottom of the pan with vegetable oil on medium heat. Toss the chili pepper in the oil for a minute and then add the garlic and cook for a 30 seconds. Add the bowl mixture and then the mirin and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Thoroughly mix the cornstarch and water, slowly pour the mixture into sauce and stir. It may not be necessary to use all the cornstarch, stop when the desired consistency is achieved.

Right before turning off the stove, toss in the scallions.

Pour over fried fish. Enjoy!

Bonus:

We procured a lot of roe from our school of fish and sauteed it with salt, white pepper, onions and jalapenos peppers. I used the cooked roe for tacos the next day. I scooped a mound onto a warm corn tortilla topped with pico de gallo and cilantro, served with lime and raw radishes.

Fish Roe sauteed with onions, garlic and jalapenos

2 comments:

foodhoe said...

wowza! I don't think I've ever come across fish filled with roe, how awesome! It all looks fabulous and spicy.

Lolia S said...

I love ginger and garlic on fish...and black bean sauce too

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