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Stuffed Steamed Trout

I always catch big trout, so each one is large enough for two people to share. If you catch (or buy) smaller fish, reduce the steaming time by a few minutes. The goal is to cook the fish just until it begins to flake so that it will retain its mountain-lake freshness.

Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2   Trout - (abt 12 oz ea)
1 tablespoon 15mlDry sherry or Chinese rice wine
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlFreshly-ground white pepper
3 tablespoons 45mlSoy sauce
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSesame oil
1 teaspoon 5mlSugar
2   Green onions, including tops
4   Thin slices ginger - slivered
2 oz 56gHam - cut matchsticks
  Slivered green onions
  Slivered ginger
2 tablespoons 30mlVegetable oil
  Cilantro (Chinese parsley) sprigs

Recipe Instructions

Score both sides of the fish with 3 diagonal cuts, 3/4-inch deep. Combine the marinade ingredients on a deep plate large enough to hold the fish. Add the fish, turn to coat, and set aside for 30 minutes. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

Cut one green onion into 2-inch pieces; crush slightly. Cut the remaining green onion into 2-inch slivers. Place the crushed green onion and half of the ginger and ham into the fish cavities. Tuck the slivered green onion and remaining ginger and ham into the diagonal cuts on the outside. Place the fish in a 9-inch heatproof glass pie pan.

Place a steaming rack in a wok, add water to just below the level of the rack, and bring to a boil. Place the pan of fish on the rack, cover, and steam until the center of the fish is opaque, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan, pour off and discard the juices. If desired, transfer the fish to a platter. Sprinkle the fish with slivered green onion and ginger. Heat the vegetable oil in a small saucepan until it just begins to smoke; pour it over the fish. Immediately pour the sauce over the fish. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Microwave Method: In step 3, place the stuffed fish in a microwave-safe dish, cover and cook on high until the flesh is just opaque, about 8 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes before serving.

Everybody's Wokking by Martin Yan, (Harlow & Ratner, 1991)


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