A lot of people enjoy adding sweet flavors to their savory food. This might take the form of serving a fruity sauce with your meat, perhaps applesauce with pork or cranberry sauce with turkey, or by marinating their chicken or fish in a sweet, sticky marinade. You can buy such marinades from the grocery store but the problem with 99% of these is they are so high in sugar and chemicals. A far better alternative is to make your own and you can see how the following recipe uses honey to sweeten the marinade, which is tastier than sugar and better for you.
The resulting dish is really good and the plain rice provides the perfect contrast from the sweet fish in sauce and also the balsamic bell peppers. The bell pepper mixture is colorful and the balsamic vinegar gives them a good flavor, but you do need plain white rice (or noodles if you prefer) on the side, otherwise the dish will only offer sweet flavors and that is too one-dimensional for most people.
If you want to pan-fry or bake the fish, that is fine. You might also like to grill it. Steaming the fish is a nice option too, because it gives such a soft and tender result. If you do not own a steamer though, any other cod fish cooking method should work just as well. Double the amount of marinade if you like a lot of sauce, since it doubles up as a sauce in this easy cod recipe.
- 10 oz cod filet
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 4 tablespoons honey
- ½ red bell pepper, in ½ inch pieces
- ½ yellow bell pepper, in ½ inch pieces
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 portions white rice
- Combine the sesame oil, honey, and soy sauce and marinate the cod in this mixture for 20 minutes.
- Remove the fish from the marinade and cook it in a steamer for 12 minutes.
- Cook the rice, following the directions on the package.
- Sauté the bell peppers in the olive oil over a moderate heat for 6 minutes or until they are tender but firm.
- Stir in the salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 minute more.
- Bring the cod marinade to a boil in another pan or in the microwave, and serve this as a sauce over the fish.
- You can serve the cod on banana leaves or on plates, with the balsamic bell peppers and rice.
Serving this sticky cod recipe on a banana leaf gives it a beautiful Asian appearance but if you do not happen to have banana leaves (and many of us do not!) then there is nothing wrong with using plates. The bell pepper mixture is colorful and delicious and the fish itself is mouthwatering with the oriental style sauce on it. If you like, you can sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds over the cod before serving it. They would really give an added dimension to the dish, in terms of flavor and texture. This is an unusual cod recipe and, if you like Asian style easy fish recipes, you should really enjoy this one.
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