Broiled Snapper with Fresh Ginger Sauce

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Broiled Snapper with Fresh Ginger Sauce

YIELD Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

12 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 whole red snapper (about 1-1/2 to 2 pounds each), scaled and gutted
2 tablespoons salt
6 tablespoons slivered fresh ginger, divided
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/4 cup cornstarch
2‑1/2 cups water, divided
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup julienned carrots, divided
4 green onions, thinly sliced (reserve sliced green tops for garnish)
2 red chili peppers,* seeded and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Bell pepper and carrot cut-outs for garnish
*Chili peppers can sting and irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves when handling peppers and do not touch your eyes.

PREPARATION:

  1. Place mushrooms in bowl; cover with hot water. Let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain mushrooms, reserving 1/2 cup water. Squeeze out excess water from mushrooms; discard any tough parts. Strain soaking water and set aside.
  2. Rinse each snapper and pat dry with paper towels. Trim off fins and cut "V" in tail. Make 3 slashes along each side. Rub salt inside and outside of each snapper. Fill each cavity with 1-1/2 teaspoons ginger. Rub both sides of each fish with sesame oil. Wrap foil around tails.
  3. Combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup water in small cup; mix well. Set aside.
  4. Adjust broiler rack to 6 inches from heat source. Preheat broiler. Place fish on broiler pan; broil approximately 10 minutes on each side for 2-inch snapper. Fish should flake easily when tested with fork. Transfer fish to serving platter.
  5. Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add carrots, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish. Add remaining ginger, green onions, mushrooms, chilies and garlic; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups water, reserved mushroom water, sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, and soy sauce to wok; bring to a boil.
  6. Stir cornstarch mixture; stir into wok. Continue to boil 1 minute after sauce thickens and becomes clear. Pour hot sauce over fish; sprinkle with reserved green onion and carrots. Garnish, if desired.
Tip
When broiling fish, allow 10 minutes total cooking time for each inch of thickness.
This recipe appears in: Asian
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