Mild-flavored fish works best in this easy recipe. Mirin is a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine that's found in the Asian food sections of most large supermarkets; sweet sherry is an acceptable substitute.

Ying Chang Compestine
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2005

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Yield:
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, about 3 tablespoons leek mixture, and about 3 tablespoons sauce)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • To prepare sauce, combine first 6 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.

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  • To prepare fish, lightly score each fish fillet by making 3 (1/4-inch-deep) crosswise cuts with a sharp knife. Combine onions and 1 tablespoon ginger, tossing well. Rub about 2 tablespoons onion mixture evenly into slits of each fillet. Sprinkle fillets with salt and black pepper. Combine leek, carrot, and bell pepper; arrange half of leek mixture in a 10-inch pie plate. Pour half of sauce over leek mixture; arrange fillets in a single layer over leek mixture. Top fillets with remaining leek mixture; drizzle with remaining sauce.

  • Open a small metal vegetable steamer; place steamer upside down in a large, deep wok. Add water; bring to a simmer. Wearing oven mitts, carefully place pie plate on top of inverted steamer. Cover and cook 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Wearing oven mitts, carefully remove pie plate from wok. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

  • Wine note: The delicacy of the fish, the citrusy flavors, and the lightly exotic touch of ginger all demand a wine that is itself light, delicate, dry, and fruity: riesling. It's also a boon that riesling is high in acidity--always a great counterpoint to the oils in fish (that's why we squeeze lemon on fish). Of all rieslings, German wines are the most delicate and fruity. There are many great German rieslings available in wineshops; be sure to buy one labeled "Kabinett" or "Spätlese." A kabinett riesling is the lightest; spätlese is more full-bodied. Selbach-Oster, Dr. F. Weins-Prüm, and Dr. Loosen are all terrific producers. Prices start at $ -Karen MacNeil

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; calories from fat 25%; fat 7.6g; saturated fat 1.1g; mono fat 2.7g; poly fat 2.7g; protein 36.7g; carbohydrates 12.2g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 54mg; iron 2.3mg; sodium 537mg; calcium 104mg.
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