For day 20 of Soup Month 2014 we made a light and flavorful, Pan-Seared Cod in Hot and Sour Broth. With a delicate Asian-style broth laced with honey, ginger and sesame oil, plus a gentle spike of sriracha sauce and cider vinegar, the seared cod adds the perfect final touch to this meal.
My family really liked this soup and we all agreed that the broth was so tasty, that it would even combine well with shrimp or small pieces of chicken. Even by itself the broth had a great texture and just the right amount of sweet, spicy and sour flavors. If you enjoy making Asian cuisine at home, this is a great recipe to keep on hand.
The cod and broth are served atop a small bed of steamed rice, with brown or white rice working equally well. Serve with Homemade Shrimp Egg Rolls or steamed edamame on the side. Enjoy!!
1-1/2 lbs Cod Fillets, cut into 4 portions
Salt and Ground Black Pepper
24 oz Chicken Broth
1/8 cup Honey
2 TB Tomato Paste
2 TB Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Fish Sauce
1 tsp Minced Fresh Ginger
1/2 tsp Sriracha Sauce, or more to taste
1 TB Peanut Oil
1/4 cup Chopped Green Onions, for Garnish
2 cups Steamed White or Brown Rice
Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the chicken broth, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger and sriracha sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peanut oil and heat until shimmering. Add the cod fillets to the pan and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until the edges of the fish begin to turn opaque. Turn the fillets, cook 2 minutes longer, then cover and remove the pan from the heat.
Taste test the broth and add salt and white pepper, if needed.
Place a 1/2 cup of steamed rice in each of 4 bowls. Place a cod fillet on top of the rice, then pour about 3/4 cup of broth around the rice. Sprinkle the fish with green onions and serve immediately with steamed edamame on the side.