Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Striped Bass Poached in Spicy Soy Sauce

I've been looking for a good, easy way to make an Asian-inspired fish dish for awhile but haven't been very successful. Sometimes, the soy sauce that is practically a requirement in such recipes sticks to the pan, leaving you with a sticky, unappetizing mess. And I always read longingly through recipes inspired by Nobu's famous miso black cod, but I can never find black cod, nor do I ever feel like waiting 24 hours for my fish to marinate. I'll get around to it one day, I suppose, but it seems a bit much for a fish dinner. Fish is supposed to be quick and easy! Which is precisely why I love this recipe of Mark Bittman's.

In the recipe, the fish is simmered in a mouthwatering mixture of soy sauce, water, sugar, scallions, and a chili for 10 minutes flat, then served. It requires no chopping or mincing, save for a 30 second job with the scallions, and it's virtually foolproof. And most importantly of all, it's absolutely delicious--a perfect weeknight meal. Serves four. xo

Striped Bass Poached in Spicy Soy Sauce
From the New York Times
1/3 to 1/2 cup good soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 dried or fresh chili, optional
About 15 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths, or 2 or 3 spring onions or 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
About 1 1/2 pounds striped bass fillet, about 1 inch thick

Combine the soy sauce, 1/2 cup water, sugar and chili in a skillet just large enough to hold the fish. Turn the heat to medium high, and bring to a boil.

Add the fish, flesh side down. If necessary, add more water, so that the liquid comes almost all the way up the sides of the fish. Add the scallions and adjust the heat so the mixture bubbles but not furiously. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning as the liquid thickens, to coat the fish with a brown glaze. Serve with white rice, spooning the sauce over all and garnishing with the scallions.


  1. have you tried the one from gwyneth paltrow's cookbook? the salmon teriyaki, i think? it's SO good and definitely japanese inspired!

  2. I just have to tell you that I walked by pimenton and Maldon sea salt yesterday, and had to have both. :)I will be going through your recipes to try out both soon.

    PS: I made some studded Converse, check out my DIY here:


  3. This looks yummy. Another easy recipe that Cantonese cooks use is to steam a fish and in a separate pot - heat some oil, soy sauce, ginger and scallions. You drizzle it on after the fish is done. It's simple, delicious and great with rice.

  4. Ooh thanks for the tip Norabelle! Will have to try that out. xx

  5. what brand of soy sauce do you recommend?