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Chai-Poached Rougheye Rockfish with Celery Root Puree

by Nikolai Nikitenko April 28, 2016

Chai-Poached Rougheye Rockfish with Celery Root Puree

Ingredients

4 ROUGHEYE ROCKFISH FILLETS (5 to 6 oz. each), fresh, thawed or frozen
1 cup prepared chai tea
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Celery Root Puree:
1 celery root bulb, peeled
3 cups water
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon curry powder

Directions

Puree: Trim and cut celery root into medium-size pieces.  Boil water with 1 teaspoon of salt; add celery root and blanch for 8 minutes, or until fork tender.  Drain and place in blender; add remaining ingredients.  Puree on high until smooth, adding liquid (milk or stock) if needed.  Season to taste.

Rockfish: In a large 12-inch skillet, bring the chai tea to a simmer over medium-high heat.  

Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Rockfish under cold water, then add fish to chai in skillet.  Poach for 4 minutes adjusting temperature, if needed, so that chai simmers but doesn’t boil.  Gently flip fish (a great fish spatula comes in handy here) and cook an additional 4 minutes for frozen rockfish or 2 minutes for fresh/thawed fish.  Cook just until fish is opaque throughout.  Remove fillets from liquid and keep warm.

Reduce chai for 2 minutes on high; remove from heat and stir in butter and salt.  Return to heat and reduce just a bit more; season to taste.
 
To serve, divide puree between 4 plates.  Top with a fish fillet and serve with sauce.
 

Recipe by Alaska Chef Erik Slater: "Cooking with chai is remarkable.  This tea has so many things going on in it, I thought it would be only natural to bring some fish into the mix.  The rockfish absorbs an awesome flavor from the tea and becomes this gorgeous brown color all at the same time.  The poaching liquid is then used as a silky, sultry sauce.  I use Tazo tea in the box but you can use whichever one you like."





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