Steamed ginger sole with lemon soy sauce

  • 45ml soy sauce
  • Pinch finely grated lemon zest
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 bunches spring onions, whites and greens separated, thinly sliced
  • 5g finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 (175g) sole or other flat fish fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large Napa cabbage leaves
  • 8 shiitake mushroom, stems trimmed and discarded
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced on the bias
  • Special equipment: bamboo or collapsible steamer
1) Whisk the soy sauce, lemon zest and juice, and the sesame oil together in a small bowl. Add the spring onion whites to the sauce.

2) Mix the spring onion greens with the ginger in another small bowl.

3) Lay the sole fillets on the work surface, skin-side up (look for the side with the herring bone pattern). Cut the fillets lengthwise along the natural seam that runs down the center of each piece. Lightly season the skin-side of the fish with salt and pepper. Then scatter the spring onions and ginger on top. Starting from the narrow tail end, roll up each piece of fish into a tight spiral with the spring onions on the inside. Secure with a cocktail stick if desired.

4) Pour 2.5cm or more of water in a wok or skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lay the cabbage leaves in a bamboo or collapsible steamer. Stand the fish rolls on the cabbage, and scatter the shiitake mushrooms and sliced carrot around. Set the steamer over the water, cover, and cook the fish until it is barely cooked through, about 6 mins. Turn off the heat and leave the fish covered to finish cooking in the residual heat of the steamer, about 5 mins more.

5) Divide the cabbage, sole, shiitakes, and carrots among 4 plates and drizzle with the sauce. Serve.

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