Tag: fish

Sauteed Butterfish Asparagus and Shimeji Mushrooms with Beurre Blanc

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 2 pieces of butterfish fillet
  • 3 shallots
  • 200 g shimeji mushrooms
  • 1 legatura asparagus
  • 100 g butter
  • 50 ml dry white wine
  • 25 ml white wine vinegar
  • salt and white pepper

Preparation method:

  1. Slice thinly the shallots.
  2. Clean the asparagus and discard their lower thirds.
  3. Clean the shimeji mushrooms.
  4. Season the butterfish with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Melt a knob of butter in a large frying pan
  6. Add the butterfish fillets and the asparagus stalks and braise over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
  7. Turn the fish pieces on their other sides and add the shimeji mushrooms.
  8. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper, add a bit of butter on top of each fish, cover the pan and saute for another 3 minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from fire and keep covered with the lid.
  10. Prepare the beurre blanc:
  11. Add to a smaller put the sliced shallots, wine and vinegar.
  12. Cook over medium heat to reduce the liquids until only 2-3 tablespoons of liquid still remain.
  13. Bring the heat to low and start adding 1-2 knobs of butter at a time in the pot, stirring them with a metal whisk to melt and emulsify.
  14. When those butter pieces almost melted add some more.
  15. Continue adding the butter pieces until all of them are melted in the sauce and it has thickened so it coats the back of a spoon.
  16. Pass the beurre blanc sauce through a mesh sieve to separate the chives and get a smooth sauce. Season with some pepper and extra salt if needed.
  17. Serve a slice of butterfish in the middle of each plate, surrounded with the vegetables and topped with lots and lots of spoonfuls of beurre blanc.

Lohikeitto – Finnish Salmon Soup Recipe

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • 500 g salmon fillet
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 l fish stock, or other stocks, or water
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill leaves
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Skin the salmon fillet and cut them in 2 cm cubes.
  2. Slice the carrots.
  3. Peel and dice the potatoes.
  4. Chop the onion.
  5. Chop the dill leaves.
  6. Melt the butter in a pot and saute the chopped onions for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the stock: cook the mackerel in about 1-1.5 litres of water for about 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
  8. Reserve the fish for separate consumption, we’ll use only the stock for the recipe.
  9. While the leeks are cooking, put 5 cups of water and the reserved fish skin in a saucepan and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  10. Add to the pot the salmon skin, cubed potatoes, sliced carrots and the fish stock.
  11. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes and carrots are cooked. Remove the salmon skin.
  12. Add to the soup pot the cubed salmon, the cream, half of the chopped dill and cracked allspice.
  13. Bring back to boil and simmer over low heat a few minutes, until the fished is just cooked. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  14. Serve hot with some extra chopped dill on top.

Pancit Bihon – Filipino Shrimp Noodle Recipe


Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 250 grams shrimp
  • about 1 litre shrimp stock
  • rice noodles
  • vegetable frying oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4-5 shallots
  • 100 grams tofu
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons annatto powder
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 hardboiled eggs
  • 100 g smoked fish flakes
  • 100 g cup pork crackling crushed
  • 2 stalks green onions

Preparation method:

  1. Cook the remaining shells and heads from the previous recipe –Grilled Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns with Fried Garlic and Lemon-. Strain.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on their package.
  3. Chop the garlic.
  4. Chop the shallots.
  5. Slice the green onions.
  6. Dissolve the annatto powder in 100 ml water. I did not have annatto powder so I used smoked paprika, which did not need this dissolving step.
  7. I did not have the small, crumbled pork cracklings, only the larger-regular sized ones, so I cut them into pieces and re-fried them to get the extra crunch. Set them aside from the pan.
  8. Also did not have ether smoked fish flakes, so using a fork, I tore the smoked fish into small bits and I fried them in the pan I re-fried the cracklings before.
  9. Dice the tofu if you have it into larger pieces. Mine was already crumbled.
  10. Heat oil in a frying pan, add the chopped garlic and shallots, sauté for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  11. Add shrimp tails, tofu, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until shrimps are done. Set aside.
  12. In another saucepan, add the shrimp broth, add annatto water if having, if not, what I used – 2-3 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika, ground pepper, fish sauce and flour dissolved in water.
  13. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens to your liking.
  14. Add the cooked shrimp-tofu mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  15. Place the cooked noodles in the plates.
  16. Ladle the shrimp sauce over the noodles and top with stir-fried shrimp and tofu.
  17. Top it with crushed pork cracklings, smoked fish flakes, chopped green onion and quartered hard-boiled eggs.