Serve this bright green sauce
with grilled, broiled or poached fish or chicken. It also makes
a great dipping sauce to accompany boiled shrimp, as a change
from the usual red cocktail sauce. With all we now know about
the benefits of carotenoids and the concentration of other health-protecting
phytonutrients in herbs, this sauce is a great way to use them
Steamed Sake Halibut with
Bok Choy - Makes 4 servings.
3/4 cup mirin or sake*
3/4 bottled clam juice
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 4-oz. halibut fillets
Chili paste (optional)
3 scallions, very finely sliced
4 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 lb. baby bok choy, separated into leaves
2 tsp. sesame seeds
In skillet large enough to hold
steamer, combine the mirin, clam juice, ginger and garlic. Bring
to a boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer 5 minutes. Meanwhile,
sprinkle the fish with pepper to taste. If you like a little
spice, rub the fillets with chili paste.
Place a rack or steaming device in the skillet. (If you don't
have a rack to fit in a skillet, crumple pieces of aluminum foil,
twist them and lay across the skillet like the bars of a rack
to hold the fish above the liquid.)
Place the fish on the steamer
rack. Sprinkle onions over fish and spoon soy sauce and sesame
oil over that. Cover the skillet and steam until the fish is
opaque in the center, about 5 minutes. About halfway through
the cooking, place the bok choy leaves on top of the fish.
Meanwhile, heat a small skillet
over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and heat them until they
turn a golden brown, gently shaking the skillet to keep the seeds
moving and avoid burning. Immediately transfer seeds to a small
bowl to stop the browning process.
Remove steamer from skillet.
Arrange bok choy on each of four plates and top with fillets
of fish. Pour pan juices over fish and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
*Mirin is a Japanese rice cooking
wine; sake is rice wine and, depending on the brand, is typically
drier than mirin. Either can be used, based on either convenience
or preference. If neither is available, use a mild chicken or
Per serving: 261 calories, 5
g. total fat (less than 1 g. saturated fat), 17 g. carbohydrate,
26 g. protein, 1 g. dietary fiber, 399 mg. sodium.