Steamed Cod Fish is another indulgent recipe you can effortlessly recreate at home. Cod has a ‘sweet’ taste that you can just eat it on its own without seasoning. This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. Silky steamed cod that practically melt in your mouth, with an awesome umami sauce is heavenly. Not only that, I can eat plain rice with this sauce alone. So good!
2 weeks ago, my classmate EY told me she had difficulty in finding the right kind of cod to steam. The ones she bought in Brisbane (Norwegian cod) doesn’t have the same texture as the ones she had back in Malaysia. She got me puzzled as I’m a noob when it comes to cooking fish. The very few times I’ve bought cod (can be counted with 1 hand), all of them have the same texture, and I never really knew there is different types of cod. The 2 supermarkets I went to sells Alaskan Cod, which I bought for this recipe. This piece of 300g costs me RM30. Ordering Cod Fish at a restaurant could easily costs more than RM60. It is definitely far more economical to prepare this dish at home.
Steaming is a very healthy and easy way to prepare fish. Preparing a perfectly steamed fish just require a little knowledge. You will get a perfectly steamed fish with this timing:
- Fillets 1″ (2.5cm) and thicker: check at 10 minutes, add 2 minutes for every 1/2″ (1.3cm) more thickness
- Fillets less than 1″ (2.5cm): check at 7 minutes
- Super thin fillets: check at 5 minutes
Check to see if its done at the times indicated. Gently poke at the flesh in the middle with a chopstick or fork. If flesh flakes easily, then its done. If flesh sticks together still, then add 1-2 more minutes to cooking time. Also check to make sure you haven’t run out of steaming water.
- 1" (2.5cm) thick Fresh Cod Fish Steak
- 2 slices Ginger
- a dash of White Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Rock Sugar (or castor sugar)
- 1 tablespoon Water
- 1 tablespoon Hsao Xing Wine (cooking rice wine)
- 3 clove Garlic - finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
- 1 Spring Onion (green part) - cut into 1" length, thinly sliced and soaked in ice cold water
- Clean fish and pat dry. Place ginger in the middle of the steaming dish, and place fish on top the ginger.
- Bring water in the steamer/wok to a boil on high heat and place dish to steam for 7 minutes.
- While waiting, heat sauce ingredients in a pot to melt the rock sugar.
- In another pan, fry chopped garlic with oil until golden brown.
- Check for doneness of fish. When done, remove fish from the steamer and pour away the liquid that condensed on the dish.
- Add a dash of white pepper and pour the sauce over the fish.
- Pour the hot garlic oil over fish, garnish with golden brown garlic and spring onions. Serve immediately!
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