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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare black-bean sauce, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sherry. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 2 minutes). Add tomatoes; reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in black beans and next 5 ingredients (black beans through 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Remove from heat.

Step 2

To prepare salmon, sprinkle 1 side of each fillet with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Gently press 1 cilantro sprig onto center of each fillet. Add hot water to a large shallow dish to a depth of 1 inch. Place 1 rice paper sheet in dish of water. Let stand 30 seconds. Remove sheet from water. Place sheet on a flat surface; let stand 30 seconds. Place 1 fillet, cilantro side down, in the center of sheet. Fold edges of sheet over fillet; press seams to seal. Cover with a damp towel to prevent fish packet from drying. Repeat procedure with remaining fish and rice paper sheets. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish packets, cilantro sides down, to skillet; cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish is done.

Step 3

Steam broccoli, covered, 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Step 4

Place 1 fish packet on each of 4 serving plates; spoon about 2/3 cup black-bean sauce around each fish packet. Arrange 1/2 cup rice and 1 broccoli spear on each plate.

Step 5

Note: Bottled Chinese fermented black beans can be found in Asian markets.

Nora, Washington, D.C.

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