Thursday, December 6, 2007

White fish in Chili Black Bean Sauce

I’ve always loved fish. We ate it regularly when I was growing up and I could never understand why so many of my friends didn’t like it. I don’t want Sonny to be one of those kids that grows up hating fish, so I try to make it at least once a week.

Tonight I threw together this Chinese-style fish in 30 minutes. I used orange roughy, but any other firm white fish, such as cod, will do. You could also bake or steam the fish, if you prefer. Just omit the flour.

White fish with chili black bean sauce
  • 1 pound white fish
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • flour for dusting
  • 1/2 to 1 tbs grated ginger
  • 2 bunches scallions, greens and whites separated, finely sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 tbs Chinese chili black bean paste
  • 1 tbs black soy sauce
  • 1 tbs Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • ½ to 1 tsp sugar, depending on taste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup water to de-glaze
Rub lime juice on the fish and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Pat dry and dust with flour. Pan fry in a skillet over medium-high heat. You only have to use enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When done, put it to the side and keep it warm.

While the fish is cooking, combine the chili black bean paste, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and sesame oil in a small bowl. Whisk well to dissolve the sugar.

Chili black bean paste can be found at Asian markets.

In a wok over high heat, add a tablespoon or two of oil. Fry the ginger for about 20 seconds, until it’s fragrant and browning a little (don’t let it burn!). Add the whites of the green onions and stir-fry for about a minute or two. Don’t over-stir them; give them a few seconds to brown between stirs. Add the sauce mix. It should caramelize and get a little thicker quite quickly. Add the remaining green onions and ¼ to 1/3 cup of water to deglaze the wok (drizzle the water down the sides of the wok). Quickly check the seasonings, and if you’re happy, spoon the sauce over the fish. Serve immediately with steamed white rice.


Manggy said...

Looks soo good and wholesome. I love fish too. Although, I would rather not buy any more Chinese sauces. It's getting ridiculous already. I think if I would make this I'd just open a small can of dou see/ tausi and mix it with Chili Bean Sauce. I hate having those tiny bottles lying around!

dp said...


I'm the paste/sauce queen! Every time I hit up the Asian market, I come home with all kinds of goodies. In fact I've got a jar of Japanese seaweed paste and a Korean chili paste waiting to be cracked open, but I don't have an idea how to use them. I need to do some research, but when can I find the time?!

tigerfish said...

I've done similar dish, with ginger, dark soy and scallions, without the chili black bean sauce. I know this is good!

dp said...

Tigerfish, I saw your dish on Tastespotting and the headlines for Blogher Ads! That's what inspired me to make this.

gdpt said...

Your recipe looks terrific. Can't wait to try it. I have a Chicken recipe that calls for Chili Black Bean Sauce. I finally found CHILI SAUCE WITH BEAN PASTE at an Asian market. The lady said it is the same thing. It looks just like the picture you show of the jar on this page. But, on a website, the Chili Black Bean Sauce looks like a bottle of A-1 Steak Sauce. Looks like a smooth sauce with no seeds. The one I have clearly has chili seeds in it. I'm not sure if I have the right ingredient for this recipe. I will be happy to share the recipe with you if it is as good as everyone says it is. Help, please. Rene