I have to confess I am not a confident fish cook. I have been trying to change that recently by trying a few different recipes and different fish cooking methods. Reading recipes for fish steamed in the microwave was intriguing, and sounded easy enough to try.
Inspired by a couple of recipes in Makiko Sano’s book Shoku-Iku!, I modified her “Posh Dinner in 20 Minutes” recipe to make it “Quite Ordinary but Still Tasty Dinner” – leaving out the scallops, using Aldi frozen fish fillets instead of fancy fish and upping the vegetable content. Surprise, surprise, it works!
Quite Ordinary but Tasty Fish Dinner
– approx 400g frozen fish fillets, defrosted (I used Aldi Basa Fillets)
– 2 tablespoons cooking sake
– 50g Asian cabbage / wombok
– 75-80g carrot (1 large or 2 small carrots), finely julienned or otherwise chopped small
– 2 tablespoons light flavoured oil such as rice bran oil
– 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Place the fish in a microwave safe dish. Sprinkle it with the sake and leave it for 15 minutes (this will help reduce some of those “fishy” flavours).
While the fish is sitting there, prepare the cabbage and carrot by chopping or slicing. After 15 minutes, take the fish out and place on a plate with paper towel and pat dry.
Place the cabbage and carrot into the microwave dish and cover with cling wrap. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes.
Carefully remove the cling wrap (steam can be hot), then place the fish fillets on top of the vegetables. Drizzle everything with the oil and lemon juice and season with salt.
Replace the cling wrap and microwave on medium high for 6 minutes, then leave standing, still wrapped, for another 5 minutes. Again, carefully peel back the cling wrap and check the fish is done. If not, cook for another minute and let stand for another minute. Otherwise, it is ready to serve, perhaps with rice?
This dish has very gentle flavours, so a teaspoon of soy sauce ready to drizzle on the side of your plate could be a nice addition.