Thursday, September 29, 2005

The joy of fish cubes

This is one of my favorite things to make these days, and I'm eternally grateful to FreshDirect for providing me with a cheap, constant supply of fish cubes. It's quick, easy and delicious.

Ingredients (serves 2):
Fresh ginger (a big, fat piece), grated
4 or 5 garlic cloves, minced
3 or 4 tablespoons soy sauce
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons chunky or smooth peanut butter
A few drops of pepper sauce (like Tabasco)
A few tablespoons of white wine, vermouth or pineapple juice

1/2 pound similarly-sized fish cubes (or a fillet cut into cubes, or two fillets from different fish cut into cubes)

For the rice:
1/2 cup white or basmati rice
1 cup water (or a mix of water, chicken broth, pineapple juice, sake, or whatever)

Special equipment:
2 skewers, soaked for at least 20 minutes in water
A broiler (salamander as we call it at the FCI)

1. Mix together the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, peanut butter, and pepper sauce. It should be thick but wet and not gummy. Add enough white wine or pineapple juice to make it saucy.
2. Put all of the fish cubes in the mixture and leave them there for at least an hour.
3. Brush some oil on your broiler pan and set the oven to 'broil'.
4. Make the rice in the standard way (one part rice to two parts liquid, bring it to a boil, cover, put the heat as low as you can and don't touch).
5. Skew the cubes, shaking off excess marinade.
6. When the rice is nearing completion, stick the skewers under the broiler. They should be done after about 5 minutes.
8. Heat up the remaining marinade in a saucepan, adding wine or juice if needed.
7. Serve them over the rice. Garnish with a few basil leaves and a lemon wedge, or some watercress, or with nothing at all (although it's nice to have something green on the plate). Drizzle some of your lovely sauce either on the cubes or the rice.

You can make this more or less garlicky, spicy or gingery. I've been really into ginger in the last 6 months or so, so I tend to use a ridiculous amount, just because I can. The cost of all of these ingredients together is about $5, so be decadent however you choose.

I went through a similar phase with nutmeg a couple years ago, and now the mere thought of that spice makes me squirm. I'll try to control myself this time.


At 10:27 PM, Blogger Doctor Barnett said...

Fish cubes prepared by mrlittlepants are the best food ON EARTH!

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Jeannie said...

sounds delicious!

At 11:11 PM, Blogger taku said...

This looks great.


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