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Alaska Black Cod with Sugarcane Marinade

by Nikolai Nikitenko April 28, 2016

Alaska Black Cod with Sugarcane Marinade

Ingredients

Black Cod:
4 Alaska Black Cod fillets (approx. 6 oz. each)
4 oz. baby carrots
1 small bulb fennel
4 oz. pearl onions
2 oz. fava beans or sugar snap peas
3 oz. sugarcane juice or 2 oz. mirin (rice sweet cooking wine)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
2 oz. spiced lobster broth (see recipe)
Sprig of cilantro (garnish)

Spiced Lobster Broth: (Yield: 2 cups)
1 cup garlic, whole
2 cups peanut oil
3 cups lobster stock
1⁄2 cup gingerroot, chopped
1 1⁄2 tbsp. red Thai curry paste
1 tbsp. fermented black beans
3 oz. rock sugar or organic turbinad
1⁄2 oz. salt, kosher
1⁄2 oz. black pepper, ground

Directions

In blender, process the garlic and peanut oil until finely minced. Combine with cold lobster stock and chopped ginger and bring to a simmer. Add curry paste, black beans and sugar. Cook for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate.

Method:
Cut carrots into batons. Peel the outside ribs of the fennel then cut lengthwise into wedges. Blanch the onions in boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain and peel. Blanch the fava beans or sugar snap peas in boiling water 1 minute, then drain. If using sugar snap peas, peel after draining. Brush the top of the black cod with a mixture of sugarcane juice and olive oil. Sprinkle with freshly chopped ginger. Lightly season with salt and immediately refrigerate, covered, until needed.

Heat 1 to 2 tbsp. olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan and stir all vegetables. Cook gently for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until just soft. Season with salt and black pepper, remove from the heat and keep warm. Brush olive oil over a baking tray large enough for all black cod fillets in one layer and arrange fish on the pan. Roast until medium, about 8 minutes. Fillets should be cooked on the outside, but still moist and slightly underdone on the inside.

To Serve: Ladle the Spiced Lobster Broth equally between 4 plates, place vegetables in the center of the sauce, then set the fish on top of the vegetables. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.





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