This steamed cod with ginger and scallions is an easy, Asian-inspired weeknight dish made with cod that’s gently cooked in a simple yet flavorful sauce of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger.
Steamed fish is a healthful and quick-cooking dinner option. Adding a few aromatics to the steaming liquid enhances the taste of the fish without using any butter or oil. Haddock, halibut, or other firm-fleshed white fish can be used in place of the cod.–Editors of Everyday Food
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Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (optional)
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
- 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled ginger* (see *Note above)
- 4 1 1/2 lbs skinless Pacific cod fillets
- 6 scallions
- In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger.
- Season both sides of the cod fillets with salt and pepper and place them in the skillet. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook, without turning, until the fish is almost but not quite opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cut the green parts of the scallions into 3-inch lengths and then thinly slice each piece lengthwise into strips (reserve the white parts for another use).
- Carefully turn the fish, scatter the scallions over the top, cover, and cook until the cod is completely opaque throughout and the scallions are just wilted, about 2 minutes more.
- Gently shimmy a slotted metal spatula beneath the fillets and transfer to plates, leaving the aromatic cooking liquid in the skillet. Serve immediately.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
My favorite Pan-Asian restaurant has this dish on the menu but uses a whole fish rather than the fillet. While this recipe gives you a restaurant-quality dish, it’s very easy to make as a home chef. The prep is very quick, as is the cooking time.
Although the recipe states to leave the aromatic cooking liquid in the skillet, I spooned it over the fish and jasmine rice, which was a perfect accompaniment, and it made a nice, flavorful sauce.
I think a whole bass or snapper would be another good option for this recipe, along with the other firm-fleshed fillets suggested in place of the cod.
Wow Wow Wow. This steamed cod with ginger and scallions is totally top restaurant quality! 5 ingredients, 15 minutes later, and a meal that will shock your guests. And best of all, you can have all the prep work done ahead of time then all you need is less than 10 minutes to serve this dish. There is no way to go wrong. I would make sure to add the rice vinegar to dilute the soy, or it can become easily too salty. I think this recipe would be beautiful with other types of fish.
Originally published April 17, 2020