My friend Martena is from Thailand and has introduced me to wonderful dishes that are exotic to this guy from Scituate, Massachusetts.
Favorite Fish with Asian Plum Sauce
I call this "Favorite Fish" because you can use whichever fish you like best for this recipe - today we're using Tilapia - but Salmon or Sea Bass work just as nicely.
Ingredients per person
1/2 pound of Tilapia
2- 3 sprigs of Lemon Basil
2 - 3 Garlic Scapes
2 - 3 Pickled Plums
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Yellow Pepper
1 section of Fresh Ginger
1/8 cup Teryaki Sauce
3 - 4 sprigs of Broccolini
Using a steamer with two levels for cooking, place the Broccolini in the lower level - cover and steam for 3 - 4 minutes
Line an oven safe Pyrex dish with the Lemon Basil and Garlic Scapes
Place the Tilapia on the Basil and Garlic
Cover with 3 - 4 Pickled Plums
Add the Teryaki Sauce
Add the Limes, squeezing them on the Tilapia first.
Cut the Red and Yellow Peppers into matchstick sized pieces
Finely dice the Fresh Ginger
Place dish on the upper level of the Steamer
Cover and Steam for 5 minutes - when using Salmon steam for a few extra minutes - be sure the Salmon is pink and flakey, then you'll know it's done
Fresh Garlic at the Farmer's Market - the leaves are delicious - the scapes look a bit like scallions
Martena bought the Pickled Plums for me in Chinatown
Tilapia sitting on the bed of Lemon Basil and Garlic Leaves and Lime
with the Pickled Plums and Teryaki on top
The Red & Yellow Peppers and Fresh Ginger added - ready to steam
The Broccolini goes in first and steams for 3- 4 minutes
Steam for an additional 5 minutes
Here's the dish using Salmon - steam for a few extra minutes
than when using Talapia - until the Salmon is pink and flakey.
Thanks to this week's Guest Gourmand, Martrna! I met Martina in Spin Class - I took this picture after class on Saturday.