Steamed Tilapia over Cellophane Noodles With a Miso Broth

"Easy, inexpensive, great flavor and completely different. I love this dish and it is so easy and a one pot wonder. Serve with a light salad with a sesame dressing, some shredded carrots, zucchini, red onion, cucumber and water chestnuts for a great side, and that is all you need. And for those who say they don't like steamed fish ... Just try it. Now I did say Tilapia, only because it is very inexpensive and mild and it seems that there of a lot of people who enjoy it. Personally, I would prefer grouper, halibut or cod but as long as it is a firm white fish it will work just fine."
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Ready In:
4 Fish Fillets




  • Noodles -- In a small bowl, cover the cellophane noodles with hot water and let stand until soft. It will take about 5 minutes. Drain and rough chop. I like 4-5" pieces, just a couple of quick cuts. You don't have to be exact, just makes the dish easier to eat is all.
  • Broth -- In a small bowl again, add the broth, oyster sauce, miso, soy, sugar and mix well.
  • Bake -- Now, in deep pie pan or you can use a shallow glass casserole dish like a 9x9 baking pan, add the mushrooms and bok choy to cover the bottom. They lay the fish fillets on top of the vegetables, and then top the fish add the celophane noodles. Pour the broth over the entire dish and I like to garnish with just a little pepper.
  • Steaming -- Now since I don't have a steamer basket. I set the pie plate or casserole dish in a deep skillet large enough to hold it and add 1" of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium heat, cover and steam until the fish is cooked through. This will take about 15 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish.
  • TIP: If you have a small metal cookie cutter or small grate, put in on the bottom of the pan with the water and set your dish on top. It allows the water to boil underneath without your dish being directly on the bottom of the pan. If not, that is ok, it just works very well.
  • Serve and Garnish -- In a small cup or bowl heat up the oil in the microwave on medium just till warm. This is very classic, to lightly drizzle the fish with warm oil.
  • Transfer the casserole dish or pie plate to your table and serve. The noodles and mushrooms will absorb some of the broth, but I love to serve this in a bowl with some of the extra broth for each person. Garnish with the scallions and cilantro and a drizzle of the warm oil.
  • Just a nice unique way to enjoy some fresh fish in a much lighter style. I think you will enjoy it.

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  1. I used red snapper and it was delicious. Note one inch of water in the pan for steaming is the height when the dish with the fish in is submerged in your steaming device - I learned the heard way and ended up with some water in the dish with my miso broth. However this is the 1st time I have steamed anything without a steamer, and it worked pretty good - I had to use aluminum foil to make a seal, as my lid would not fit on the large skillet I had. I loved the broth and had a cold and it made me feel a little better. I have a lot left over because there was only 2 of us eating. I wondered if you had a solution for the left overs???


<p>Growing up in Michigan, I spent my summers at my cottage in the Northern part up by Traverscity. On a lake, big garden which had all the vegetables you could imagine. My mom taught school, so summers were our vacation time. Gramps and I fished all the time so fresh fish was always on the menu, perch, blue gill, walleye and small and large mouth bass. At age 5 I learned how to clean my own fish and by 10 I was making dinner, canning vegetables and fruits, making pies and fresh breads. Apples fresh picked every fall, strawberries in June and July, Cherries at the Cherry Festival in Traverscity. So fresh foods always were a big part. Mom worked as a teacher during the year so dinner was more traditional with pot roasts, meatloaf, etc, but it seemed we always had fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the meal. Mom also didn't use as many spices as I do, but times were different back then. <br /> <br />So ... My motto is ... There is NO Right and NO Wrong with cooking. So many people thing they have to follow a recipe. But NO ... a recipe is a method and directions to help and teach someone. Cooking is about personal tastes and flavors. I love garlic ... and another person may not. I like heat ... but you may not. Recipes are building blocks, NOT text ground in stone. Use them to make and build on. Even my recipes I don't follow most times --They are a base. That is what cooking is to me. A base of layer upon layer of flavors. <br /> <br />I still dislike using canned soups or packaged gravies/seasoning ... but I admit, I do use them. I have a few recipes that use them. But I try to strive to teach people to use fresh ingredients, they are first ... so much healthier for you ... and second, in the end less expensive. But we all have our moments including me. <br /> <br />So, lets see ... In the past, I have worked as a hostess, bartender, waitress, then a short order cook, salad girl in the kitchen, sort of assistant chef, head chef, co owner of a restaurant ... now a consultant to a catering company/restaurant, I cater myself and I'm a personal chef for a elderly lady. I work doing data entry during the day, and now and then try to have fun which is not very often due to my job(s). <br /> <br />I have a 21 year old who at times is going on 12, aren't they all. Was married and now single and just trying to enjoy life one day at a time. I'm writing a cookbook ... name is still in the works but it is dedicated to those people who never learned, to cook. Single Moms, Dads, or Just Busy Parents. Those individuals that think you can't make a great dinner for not a lot of money. You can entertain on a budget and I want people to know that gourmet tasting food doesn't have to be from a can of soup or a box, and healthy food doesn't come from a drive through. There are some really good meals that people can make which are healthy and will save money but taste amazing. So I guess that is my current goal. We all take short cuts and I have no problem with that - I do it too. I volunteer and make food for the homeless every couple of months, donating my time and money. I usually make soup for them and many times get donations from a local grocery stores, Sams Club, Walmart etc, with broth, and vegetables. It makes my cost very little and well worth every minute I spend. Like anyone, life is always trying to figure things out and do the best we can and have fun some how along the way.</p>
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