Japanese Poached Fish Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4


  • 2 pounds (1 kg) fish (any)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) sake, water or light white wine
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) green onion, minced
How to cook Japanese Poached Fish:
  • Pour sake, water or light wine in a large enough dish, pour sake; mix in grated ginger root and salt.
  • Cover and microwave for 5 minutes on 'MEDIUM'. to enhance the delicate flavor of ginger root.
  • Add fish to hot liquid; sprinkle fish fish 3 or 4 times with hot liquid.
  • Cover dish; microwave for 5 to 7 minutes, according to the fish, on 'MEDIUM-MAXIMUM'.
  • Check for doneness with a fork: if fish flesh is easily broken-up, it is ready.
  • Leave to rest, covered, while making sauce.
  • Pour sauce over cooked fish.
  • Serve, sprinkled with minced green onion.

Sesame Seeds Recipe

Sesame Seeds Ingredients:
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 mL) sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vegetable oil
How to cook Sesame Seeds:
  • Transfer sesame seeds into a small bowl; pour in vegetable oil.
  • Brown in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes on 'MAXIMUM', stirring 3 times.
  • Set aside.

Sauce Recipe

Sauce Ingredients:
  • 3 teaspoons (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly roasted sesame seeds
How to cook Sauce:
  • In a bowl, mix together vegetable oil, soy sauce, freshly ground pepper and reserved roasted sesame seeds.
  • Microwave for 40 seconds on 'MAXIMUM'.


Oven: 700 watts
Preparation time: 12 minutes
Cooking time: 12 to 14 minutes
Roasted sesame seeds and fresh ginger give a delicate, interesting flavor to any fish fillet or oriental-style poached smelts.

This recipe for Japanese Poached Fish serves/makes: 4

The Japanese Poached Fish recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Various Fish (more Various Fish recipes)
Preparation Method: Microwave (more Microwave recipes)
Cuisine: Japanese (more Japanese recipes)

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