In most Cantonese style Chinese restaurants you will see salt and pepper fish, shrimp or calamari offered on the menu. These dishes are all deep-fried. We use less oil at home to pan fry the seafood. It is just as tasty with half the calories!
1 pound boneless and skinless fillet of Cod white fish
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons all-propose flour
1 scallion, including the green top
1 fresh green jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick frying pan)
Rinse the fish fillet with cold water and pat-dry with paper towels. Cut the fish into 2-inch size pieces (each fish fillet piece is approx. ½ to 1 inch thick). Mix salt, sugar, black and white peppers together thoroughly in a small dish. Sprinkle half of the salt, sugar and pepper mixture onto the fish pieces evenly. In a large bowl, toss the partially seasoned fish pieces with 2 tablespoons of flour. Coat the fish well and set aside. Finely chop the green onion. Wash, remove the stem of the jalapeno pepper and thinly slice crosswise.
Heat oil in a non-stick large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the flour coated fish pieces into the pan. Pan fry the fish for about 3 minutes until lightly golden brown. Carefully turn each piece of fish over and cover the pan with a lid to cook the other side for another 3 minutes. Add the chopped green onions and the thinly sliced jalapeno peppers to the pan. Sprinkle the remaining salt, sugar and pepper mixture evenly over the cooked fish. Gently stir and mix everything together. Try your best not to break the fish pieces. Cook for 30 seconds longer. Serve hot or warm.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes