Steamed Sesame-Cod Cabbage Rolls



Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living


1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry vermouth or sherry
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 (1 1/2-pound) cod fillet, cut into 4 pieces
1 1/4 cups finely shredded carrot
6 green onions, sliced
8 large savoy cabbage leaves, center ribs removed
6 thin slices fresh ginger
4 sprigs fresh mint


Whisk together first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Place fish in a plastic zip-top bag; add 1/4 cup soy mixture, and seal bag. Marinate at room temperature 20 minutes, turning bag occasionally. Toss carrot and green onions with 2 tablespoons soy mixture; set remaining mixture aside.

Rinse cabbage under cold water. Place wet leaves in a medium microwavable bowl; cover and vent. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until leaves are pliable. Drain leaves, and cool slightly.

Place 4 cabbage leaves on work surface. Spoon 2 tablespoons carrot mixture into center of each leaf. Remove fish from bag, discarding liquid. Place a fillet over carrot mixture; top each fillet with 2 more tablespoons carrot mixture. Top with remaining 4 cabbage leaves, and wrap tightly into bundles. Tie with string.

Fill a Dutch oven with water to the depth of 1 inch. Add ginger and mint to water; place steamer basket over water. Bring water to a simmer. Place bundles in steamer basket; cover and steam 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove bundles, and let stand 1 minute; transfer to serving plates, and remove string. Spoon remaining soy mixture evenly over bundles.

Frank P. Melodia,

Coastal Living

April 2004
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