Asian Cod Wrapped in Rice Paper Recipe
Get ready to open up a perfect parcel of cod wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper. This delicious, impressive and easy cod recipe serves up moist, basil-infused fish that has been wrapped in rice paper and finished with a flavorful Asian sauce. Imagine...a present where you get to eat the gift AND the wrapping paper.
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1½ tsp chopped fresh basil
¾ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 rice paper sheets
6 (6-8oz) cod fillets, 1-inch thick
1 tsp olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
6 tbsp soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1½ tsp sugar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
1) Preheat oven to 450°F.
2) In a small bowl, mix basil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
3) For the rice paper, fill a pie dish with warm water. Carefully submerge 1 piece of rice paper in water for 20 seconds, remove, lay on a dish towel and place 1 cod fillet in the center of the softened wrapper. Repeat with remaining 5 rice paper rounds and cod. Divide basil mixture among fillets. Fold the ends of the rice paper around the cod and enclose securely. Set aside.
4) For the sauce, in a small sauté pan, warm 1 tsp olive oil over low heat. Add shallots and garlic. Sauté until softened. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar and red pepper flakes, stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
5) In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over high heat. Add cod parcels and sear on both sides, 2 minutes per side. Place skillet in preheated oven for 5 minutes to finish cooking. Spoon sauce over each piece and serve.