Ginger Fish with Kale & Broccoli Rabe

January 20, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

It is hard to come up with a dinner party quality dish for weeknight dinners but I think this comes together to achieve just that. Make the rice in advance, set the table and pour the wine. Once you start cooking you'll need to be fully focused but the whole thing only takes about 15 minutes. —Belle Année

What You'll Need
  • For the fish
  • 4 tablespoons Safflower oil (or other high heat oil)
  • 16 ounces fish with skin left on, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • For the full dish
  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice (cooked as indicated on bag and set aside)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 8 green onions
  • 1 bunch brocoli rabe cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 bunch kale, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mirin
  • 1 teaspoon koshesalt
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons of juice)
  1. For the fish
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F and then heat two large oven proof saute pans over medium high heat. Add half of the oil to each and continue to heat until the oil is shimmering. Divide the fish and add half into each pan, flesh side down. Cook for 5 minutes. Don't move the fish around at all during this time.
  3. After 5 minutes, place the saute pans into the oven. Let them cook in the oven for about 3 minutes then return the saute pans to the stove and place over medium to medium-high heat. Turn the oven down to 200°F/93°C. (I usually tie a dish rag around the handle of a pan that I have taken out of the oven to remind me that it is hot.)
  4. Using an offset spatula, flip each individual piece of fish so that the skin cooks for a brief moment. By the time you are finished flipping each piece of fish, it will be time to remove the first pieces from the pan. At this point each piece of fish will have cooked for about 60 seconds on the skin side.
  5. Place the fish on a cooling rack set inside of a baking tray. Once all fish is on the cooling rack, put the rack and tray into the oven to keep warm.
  1. For the full dish
  2. Wipe out (but don't fully clean) the larger of the two pans you used for the fish. Add the sesame oil and place over medium-high heat. When hot, add ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute or until the ginger begins to brown. Add the broccoli rabe, green onions, kale, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime zest, sugar and salt and gently sauté for about 4 minutes or until the greens have cooked and wilted. (Don't worry if your pan is super full at the start. The greens shrink down to about a quarter of their raw size)
  3. After the greens are cooked, turn the heat down to medium and remove the fish from the oven. Fold the fish into the greens using a rubber spatula. Mix it quickly and gently taking care not to break up the fish.
  4. Add lime juice and serve immediately with steamed sushi rice.

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Jessica Bride is the creator of Belle Année, a food and lifestyle blog dedicated to eating, drinking, living and loving in New Orleans and London.

6 Reviews

nycnomad April 20, 2015
Made this for dinner tonight. Delicious!
Belle A. December 30, 2014
Hi Sonja! Thank you for bringing that up! 350 to start.

Good luck!
Sonja December 21, 2014
Can't wait to try this. What temp do you put the oven at to start with?
AntoniaJames January 21, 2014
Great looking recipe, similar to one I make (much simpler, though) using mahi-mahi, which holds up well to stir frying, and green beans. Really looking forward to trying this, especially now that broccolini/broccoli rabe have finally appeared at the farmers' markets here, and green beans are long gone. What kind of fish did you use for the test/photo? Thanks! ;o)
Belle A. January 22, 2014
Hi Antonia: I used Barramundi but I have used Red Snapper and Salmon also. My favorite was the Barramundi. I can't tell you how gorgeous the (mostly) Thomas Keller method makes the fish. I couldn't stop snacking on it!
AntoniaJames January 23, 2014
Thank you for responding so promptly. I've never tried Barramundi before, so this is good to know. I'm thinking this method will be terrific for the grouper various family members will catch when we go to Boca Grande this spring. ;o)