Roasted Cod with Shiitakes and Soba in Miso Broth and Lettuce Dressed Asian-style

by Kelly on November 20, 2009

Sometimes my heart sinks when Reuben asks for “something light” for dinner. More often than not, I want to tuck into a full plate of something hearty, hot, and filling for dinner. “Light” is not appetite inducing to me, except on the hottest of summer days. But, like cooking for vegans or picky eaters, I like the challenge of cooking light. This was a first-time recipe for me, but will definitely go into my regular rotation. It’s low fat but very satisfying — the type of dish you might imagine served at an upscale spa. I certainly didn’t miss the calories. And did I mention it only take 15 minutes to prepare? You can’t go wrong with this one.

Roasted Cod with Shiitakes and Soba in Miso Broth
adapted from Gourmet, February 2008

Serves 4

4 x 6‑oz (170‑g) pieces Pacific cod or hake fillet (about 1 inch thick)
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 lb (110 g) sliced shiitake mushroom caps
10 oz (280 g) soba noodles
4 cups (1 liter) water
2 to 3 tablespoons miso paste (depending on the strength of the miso paste)
1 scallion, thinly sliced
accompaniments: toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha hot sauce

Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) with rack in the middle.

Pat the fish dry in a small shallow baking pan and drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon oil, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Toss the mushrooms with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, then spread them in another small shallow baking pan.

Roast the fish and mushrooms, stirring the mushrooms once or twice, until the fish is just cooked through and the mushrooms are crisp, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook, drain and rinse the soba noodles according to the package directions. Bring the water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then stir in the miso paste. Simmer the miso soup for 5 to 10 minutes, making sure the paste is thoroughly dissolved.

Divide the soup, mushrooms, soba and fish among 4 shallow bowls and top with the sliced scallion. Add toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and/or Sriracha to taste.


Lettuce Dressed Asian-style

Serves 2

4 cups (110 g) mixed baby lettuce greens
2 to 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 to 2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of sea salt

Wash and thoroughly dry the greens. Place the greens in a large salad bowl and drizzle with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and olive oil. The amount of vinegar and oil can be varied, depending on your preference. Toss the greens gently to coat, then taste and season with a pinch of sea salt.

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