Recipe Category: Main Courses
Sesame Fish with Soy Butter, Asian Greens and Crispy Rice Cakes
Sesame crusted fish on stir fried greens with a salty soy butter sauce and crispy rice cake on the side is full of contrasting flavours and textures.
|Preparation Time:||20 minutes|
|Cooking time:||15 minutes|
- 2 cups cooked long grain rice
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- canola or vegetable oil, for sahllow frying
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 180g unsalted butter, cubed and softened
- 4 barramundi or blue eye fish steaks, with skin
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 3 spring onions, cut into 5cm lengths
- 1 bunch chinese broccoli, stalks and leaves cut into 5cm lengths
CRISPY RICE CAKES
Combine rice, flour and sesame oil together. Heat oil for (1 cm deep) in a frypan and drop large spoonfuls of mixture into the oil, gently spreading with the back of a spoon. At this point, the rice cakes will look like they will easily fall apart, but fry until golden and set, before turning over and cooking until golden. Drain on absorbent paper. These can be made up to 1 hour ahead of time.
SOY BUTTER SAUCE
Heat soy and oyster sauces in a small saucepan. Quickly whisk in butter until melted, to form a sauce. This can be made up to 30 minutes ahead of time, and gently warmed if required. Take care not to boil as it will lose its texture.
Press the skin of the fish into sesame seeds combined with pepper. Heat an oiled pan and pan fry fish for 2-3 minutes, skin side down, using another frypan on top to weight down the fish, until a golden crust is formed. Turn over and cook a further 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Remove and keep warm. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and stir fry garlic, spring onions and Chinese broccoli stalks until tender. Add leaves and stir fry until just wilted. Arrange asian greens onto serving plates, top with fish, spoon over Soy Butter Sauce and serve with Crispy Rice Cakes.
Crispy Rice Cakes are a clever use of leftover steamed rice and make a great accompaniment to this dish, however, you can also serve the fish and greens with plain rice too!