Steamed Snapper in Oyster Sauce

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Steamed Snapper in Oyster Sauce


Steamed Snapper 3The word fish translated in Chinese means wealth and prosperity, Steamed Snapper or whole fish is always served during Lunar New Year.  This dish is served as part of a shared meal. Traditionally, oyster sauce is made by slowly simmering oysters in water until the juices caramelize into a thick, brown, intensely flavorful sauce. Today, shortcuts have been made to create a similar flavor more quickly and for less money. Oyster sauces today are usually made with a base of sugar and salt and thickened with cornstarch. Oyster extracts or essences are then used to give flavor to the base sauce.

In this recipe we use fresh oysters with no thickeners to create the same flavor without using the added sugars or starches needed to achieve its consistency.

Steamed Snapper Ingredients:

2 Large Snapper Fish Fillets (Approx 16 0z)
4 Large Freshly Shucked Oysters (Sliced in quarters)
One Bunch Green Onions (finely diced)
¼ Cup Grated Ginger
¼ Cup Diced Ginger (finely diced)
6 Cloves of Garlic (finely diced)
2 Fresh Red Jalapeno Peppers (finely diced)
1 Cup Oyster Mushrooms ( Chopped )
1 Tbs Sesame or Coconut Oil
1 Tbs Bottled Fish Sauce
2 Tbs Bottled Oyster Sauce
½ Cup Water

Preparing the Oyster Sauce;

In a saucepan heat the oil and add half of the Red Peppers, Onions and Diced Ginger and cook until the onions are glazed. Add the quartered Oysters and the Mushrooms and water. Cook for approximately 5 to 8 minutes then and add the fish sauce and the oyster sauce and simmer until the mixture reaches a consistency to coat a spoon evenly.

Preparing the Steamed Snapper;

In a separate deep pan bring enough water to a boil to poach the fillets and cook until the Steamed Snapper hardens and does not fall apart. (Approx 4 Minutes )

Plating the Steamed Snapper;

Place enough oyster sauce on the serving dish to serve as a bed making sure to collect as much of the Oysters and Vegetables as possible. Save the remaining sauce for coating the Steamed Snapper after plating. Place the Steamed Snapper on top of the sauce and coat evenly with the remaining sauce mixture. Garnish with Cilantro, Green Onions and Grated Ginger as well as some uncooked Red Peppers for color.

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