Aug 3, 2009
Sauteed Cod fillets in Orange Honey Sauce
This is a simple yet delish dish adopted from the real food show on Deutsche Welle TV. I really enjoy the TV show because they always use very nice and fresh ingredients, neat kitchen equipment and utensils, and have very friendly and funny chefs and audience on performance. Although it is only on once in a week (Saturday morning in Hong Kong), it is one full hour long without commercials, and I usually sit still happily to watch the entire show. This weekend they have a new elegant lady chef cooking this orange fish fillet which looks luscious and refreshing for the summer. I could not understand German so I had to reinterpret what the ingredients were and kind of recreated the recipe on my own. I figured that orange is definitely present, and that white wine would go well with white fish to boost its flavor and frgrance. As well I like it a little on the sweet side so I added the nuts and honey. If you like it a little more flavorful I suggest adding some chicken stock to the sauce though I found the sauce quite nice on its own with the white wine, OJ, and honey!
400g cod, red snapper or sea bass fillet
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried or 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon
1/4 tsp schimi powder or chilli powder (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup almonds, toasted
1 orange, peeled and cut into slices
3/4 cup white wine
2 Tbsp honey
1/3 cup orange juice
1. Wash and pat dry the fillet carefully and season with salt and pepper and schimi powder. Sprinkle with tarragon.
2. Heat some olive oil in large pan over medium high heat, add the minced garlic and saute until fragrant, add the fish fillet and turn the heat to medium low and cook for about 5 min. on each side until done. Set fillets aside in warm plates.
3. Deglaze the pan with white wine and turn the heat to medium high and allow wine to evaporate to about one quarter. Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock if using, and add the orange juice, honey and nuts. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Place the fish fillet back into the pan and simmer for a few minutes until sauce thickens and then serve hot with pasta or rice and vegetables!
Desserts of the Night:
Blueberry Sundaes and Strawberry Kitkat McFlurry from McDonald's! They are both new flavors available in Hong Kong and we don't know how long they will last. Although I still like the strawberry sundae more, theses new twists are quite interesting to give a try! Can you buy these in your countries or do you have some new exclusive flavors of ice cream in the McDon Don in your place too?