This simple combo of fried scallions, ginger, and chiles will dress up any piece of fish, though it’s ideally suited to go with leaner-fleshed white fish such as halibut, cod, or rockfish. It makes enough for 4 servings, but you may find yourself drizzling on everything — wilted spinach, roasted potatoes, rice, cardboard — it’s that addictive!
- 1/4 cup neutral oil, plus more for sautéing
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and cut into fine matchsticks
- 1 serrano or jalapeño chile, thinly sliced, seeded if desired
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 to 2 portions rockfish (or halibut, cod, lingcod) thawed
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems
- Lime wedges for serving
In a small skillet, heat ¼ cup oil over high. Add scallion and ginger and some or all of the jalapeño (depending on heat preference). Cook, stirring until sizzling and browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small heat-proof bowl and stir in the fish sauce and sesame seeds.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season rockfish lightly with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook, turning once, until golden and the flesh gently flakes around the edges, about 6 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer fish to plates. Stir the sauce and spoon some over the fish. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
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Culinary Director Grace Parisi is a cook, writer and cookbook author. Formerly the Senior Test Kitchen Editor at Food & Wine Magazine and Executive Food Director at TimeInc Books, her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Health, O Magazine, Epicurious, Fitness, Today, Serious Eats, Martha Stewart, and many more. She’s the author of more than 6 books, among them The Portlandia Cookbook and Get Saucy, which was nominated for a James Beard award for Best Single Subject Cookbook.