ENTREE: Steamed California Halibut on Rice Pillow
1 pound California halibut fillets or steaks
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, julienne cut
3 green onions, julienne cut
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
4 Tbsp. rice wine (sake)
2 cups cooked rice
Place fillets in a shallow dish, cover with green onion and ginger. Combine liquid ingredients and pour over fish. Marinate fish for 10 minutes.
To steam fillets: Use a bamboo or metal steamer. Set steamer rack over boiling water. Water should not touch the rack. Place fillets on a plate and set on the rack. Pour remaining marinade over fillets, cover and steam 10 minutes per inch thickness of fillets. (No need to turn fish during cooking.) Fish is done when flesh turns opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
Nutrition (per serving): calories 319; protein 31 gm; carbohydrate 23 gm; fat 8.9 gm;
cholesterol 68 mg; sodium 304 mg
Just before serving, pack a 1/2 cup measure with cooked rice and turn out on ind
ividual dinner plates. Gently flatten the mound with the back of a spoon to for
m a round pillow shape. Serve the steamed fish on the rice pillows, pouring som
e hot marinade liquid over each fillet. Garnish with a slice of lemon and an on
ion flower. Serves 4.
* Equipment Hint:
The bamboo steamer is favored over metal steamers because condensation does not form on the bamboo during steaming.
Steaming seafood is the first choice for many cooks, as they discover how moist and flavorful a steamed fish can be. This is especially true when the fish is California halibut. While generally available yearlong, the abundance of local California halibut peaks in the spring and summer. You'll reel in the compliments whenever you offer this perennial favorite. As further reward, when you steam seafood you'll ring out the fat calories.
Marinated in a light rice wine for just 10 minutes before cooking, the flavor and aroma of steamed California halibut is unparalleled. Steaming is the quintessential way to maximize the health and flavor benefits of this already healthy, tasty seafood. What's more, it is also a quick and easy way to prepare many varieties of the fresh, local California catch. (For a change, try this recipe with California white seabass, albacore, lingcod, sablefish or the ubiquitous California rockfish.)