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Cod stays moist and aromatic steamed with ginger, scallions and cilantro
Milk Street Bowtie Ginger-Scallion Steamed Cod

Ginger-Scallion Steamed Cod

45 minutes

Ginger-Scallion Steamed Cod

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Rubbing the fillets with a seasoning paste of ginger, cilantro, scallions and soy produced deep flavor in this neutral fish. After steaming, we sprinkled the fillets with sliced scallions and serrano chili, then drizzled them with hot oil to bring out the flavors and aroma. Haddock and halibut—or any firm, thick white fish fillets—also worked. Because fillets vary in thickness, a general guide is to steam them for about 8 minutes per 1-inch thickness.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus ¼ cup whole leaves, divided
6 scallions, 3 minced and 3 thinly sliced on bias, divided
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
6 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
3 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided
6 large green cabbage leaves, plus 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
4 6-ounce skinless cod, haddock or halibut fillets
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 serrano chili, stemmed and sliced into thin rings
Ingredients
  • 3

    tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus ¼ cup whole leaves, divided

  • 6

    scallions, 3 minced and 3 thinly sliced on bias, divided

  • 2

    tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

  • 6

    tablespoons soy sauce, divided

  • 3

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided

  • 6

    large green cabbage leaves, plus 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

  • 4

    6-ounce skinless cod, haddock or halibut fillets

  • 2
  • 2

    teaspoons white sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1

    serrano chili, stemmed and sliced into thin rings

Directions
  1. 01
    In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together the chopped cilantro, minced scallions, ginger, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil. Add the fish and coat on all sides. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
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  2. 02
    Place a folding steamer basket in a large Dutch oven. Add enough water to fill the bottom of pot without submerging the basket. Remove the basket. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high.
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  3. 03
    Line the basket with 4 of the cabbage leaves. Place the fish fillets on the leaves, then cover with the remaining 2 leaves. Turn off the heat under the pot, then set the basket in it. Cover and return to a simmer over medium. Steam until the fish flakes easily, 8 to 12 minutes.
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  4. 04
    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce, the rice vinegar, sugar and white pepper. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the mixture to a medium bowl, add the sliced cabbage and toss. Arrange in an even layer on a serving platter. Reserve the remaining soy sauce mixture for serving.
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  5. 05
    When the fish is ready, discard the cabbage leaves covering it. Using a spatula, transfer the fillets to the platter over the cabbage. Sprinkle with the sliced scallions and the serrano. In a small skillet over medium-high, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil until beginning to smoke. Immediately pour the oil over the fillets. Drizzle with the sesame oil and sprinkle with the cilantro leaves. Serve with the reserved soy sauce mixture on the side.
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    Ginger-Scallion Steamed Cod
Tip: Don’t let the steaming water reach a boil. Gentle simmering water cooks the fish slowly and evenly, helping it stay moist.
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Servings

45 minutes

Tip

Don’t let the steaming water reach a boil. Gentle simmering water cooks the fish slowly and evenly, helping it stay moist.

Ingredients
  • 3

    tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus ¼ cup whole leaves, divided

  • 6

    scallions, 3 minced and 3 thinly sliced on bias, divided

  • 2

    tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

  • 6

    tablespoons soy sauce, divided

  • 3

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided

  • 6

    large green cabbage leaves, plus 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

  • 4

    6-ounce skinless cod, haddock or halibut fillets

  • 2
  • 2

    teaspoons white sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1

    serrano chili, stemmed and sliced into thin rings

Step 1 of 5

Stir and coat

3
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3
scallions, minced
2
tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
2
tablespoons soy sauce
1
tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil
4
6-ounce skinless cod, haddock or halibut fillets

In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together the chopped cilantro, minced scallions, ginger, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil. Add the fish and coat on all sides. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Step 2 of 5

Begin to steam

Place a folding steamer basket in a large Dutch oven. Add enough water to fill the bottom of pot without submerging the basket. Remove the basket. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high.

Step 3 of 5

Steam the fish

6
large green cabbage leaves

Line the basket with 4 of the cabbage leaves. Place the fish fillets on the leaves, then cover with the remaining 2 leaves. Turn off the heat under the pot, then set the basket in it. Cover and return to a simmer over medium. Steam until the fish flakes easily, 8 to 12 minutes.

Step 4 of 5

Dress the cabbage

4
tablespoons soy sauce
2
tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2
teaspoons white sugar
1
teaspoon ground white pepper
2
cups thinly sliced green cabbage

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the remaining 4 tablespoons soy sauce, the rice vinegar, sugar and white pepper. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the mixture to a medium bowl, add the sliced cabbage and toss.


Arrange in an even layer on a serving platter. Reserve the remaining soy sauce mixture for serving.

Step 5 of 5

Plate, dress and serve

2
tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil
1
tablespoon toasted sesame oil
¼
cup whole cilantro leaves

When the fish is ready, discard the cabbage leaves covering it. Using a spatula, transfer the fillets to the platter over the cabbage. Sprinkle with the sliced scallions and the serrano.


In a small skillet over medium-high, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil until beginning to smoke. Immediately pour the oil over the fillets.


Drizzle with the sesame oil and sprinkle with the cilantro leaves. Serve with the reserved soy sauce mixture on the side.

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