Fried Sesame Fish with Black Vinegar Shiitake Mushrooms and Sticky Rice
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 1/2 cupsticky rice
- 6 ouncescremini mushrooms
- 6 ouncesshiitake mushrooms
- 2 clovesgarlic
- 2 packetsgluten-free soy sauce
- 1 tablespoonsugar
- 1 tablespoonblack vinegar
- 2 tablespoonscornstarch
- 1 tablespoontoasted sesame seeds
- 10 ouncestilapia
What You’ll Need
- canola oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 6" small pot with lid
- 12" large pan
- 10" medium nonstick pan
In a small pot, combine rice, 1 cup water, and ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir once, reduce heat to low, then cover pot and cook until water is fully absorbed, 12 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand, still covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork, then cover again to keep warm until ready to serve.
While rice cooks, wipe cremini mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel and cut into ¼-inch slices. Remove and discard shiitake mushroom stems, then wipe caps clean with a damp paper towel. Rinse scallions. Trim and discard scallion roots, halve lengthwise, then slice crosswise into 1-inch pieces, keeping whites and light greens separate from dark greens. Mince garlic.
Heat 1½ tablespoons canola oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and scallion whites and light greens and sauté, stirring, until mushrooms are tender and just golden, 7-9 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, sugar, black vinegar, garlic, and ¼ cup water and simmer until reduced by half, 2-3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat.
While mushrooms sauté, on a large plate, combine cornstarch and half of sesame seeds. Pat tilapia very dry with paper towel and season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Dredge tilapia in cornstarch mixture, pressing to adhere.
Heat 3 tablespoons canola oil in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, carefully add tilapia, standing back in case hot oil splatters, and fry, working in batches and adding more oil as needed, until fish is cooked through and crust is golden, 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer tilapia to a paper towel–lined plate to drain.
Plate fried sesame fish
Divide sticky rice between serving plates. Top with black vinegar shiitake mushrooms, then fried sesame fish. Garnish with scallion dark greens and remaining sesame seeds. Dig in!