Wednesday, March 9, 2011

FOR LENT: Tilapia with Salted Black Beans and Green Onions

This fish dish can be steamed but I baked this one in the oven.


4 large Tilapia fillets
2 large green onions sliced diagonally approx. 1/2 inches in length
1 large piece of fresh ginger julienned (preferably young ginger with the paper thin skin).  I understand you don't have to peel ginger to use.  It is hard to peel.  If you aren't going to peel, be sure you scrub the peel before cutting.
2 tablespoons of Chinese Tausi (salted black beans) Soak in warm water and drain. You can crush them with the back of a spoon for more flavor.
Salt and White Pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a baking dish.  Place the fish fillets in the greased baking dish.  Season lightly with salt and white pepper.  Cover the fish with the sliced green onions, ginger and Tausi. Drizzle with oil. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until fish is flaky.

Serve with steamed white rice and Baby Bok Choy with Garlic. See recipe below:

Baby Bok Choy with Garlic

2 cups (or more) baby bok choy or any other greens such as spinach, Swiss chard or other tender Chinese cabbage. Washed and dried. You do not have to cut the baby bok choy but you can cut the other greens if you prefer.
3 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon oil

Heat a wok or heavy skillet. Add the oil and garlic and brown. Note: CAREFUL NOT TO BURN THE GARLIC. Add the greens to the browned garlic. Stirfry one minute and cover the skillet and lower the heat to low. After one or two minutes, uncover and pour the soy sauce over the greens.

Serves 4.

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