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Cod With Malaysian Chili Sauce

The spicy-sweet sauce is the perfect accompaniment to the subtle flavour of cod. Crunchy bits of celery are a welcome textural addition, and the bright green Thai Basil Oil brightens up the jam-like sauce. Serve with steamed white rice.

April 8th, 2012

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
  • 1/4 Cups plus 2-1/2 tbsp grape-seed oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 15 green onions, trimmed and sliced, green and white parts separated
  • 4 6-oz cod fillets, 1-1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground white pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 celery stalks, trimmed and diced, 4 leaves reserved for garnish
Cod With Malaysian Chili Sauce Dressing
  • 2 Cups fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 Cups grape-seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat over to 350 F.

  2. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, wine, sugar, salt and green onion parts and turn heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick like jam, about 10 minutes. Add green onion parts and simmer just until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. To make Thai Basil Oil, fill a large bowl with water and ice and set aside. Bring a small pot of water to boil and add basil leaves. As soon as the water boils again, transfer leaves to ice water. When cold, remove leaves from water and squeeze water out with your hands. Purée basil in a blaender with oil and salt. Then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl.

  4. Put remaining oil in a large non-stick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season fillets with salt and white pepper, then add to skillet. Cook 30 seconds, then transfer to oven. Cook until a thin-bladed knife pierces through flesh easily, about 8 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, put celery in a small pot and add just enough water to coat bottom of pot. Set over medium-high heat and cook until bright green and warmed through, about 4 minutes. Drain.

Cod With Malaysian Chili Sauce

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