Eat More Fish!
For years and years, I’ve been passing by all those exotic fish in Asian supermarkets and didn’t even bother to check the price. They looked way beautiful (or ugly) to be served for dinner.
Recently, my notorious (the one who inspires me for new culinary discoveries every time he visits) friend came to Austin, and I took him to see our new H Mart. We spent most of the time exploring seafood and meat departments. I showed him similar to carp fish. He showed me pompano. Monkfish also looked challenging. As a result, there was enough fish to play with for a week. I was eating pompano steaks my friend fried for dinner and thinking — unbelievable! Why oh why haven’t I tried this fish years ago?
I asked him how he discovered pompano. Apparently, his 70+ old parents were looking for an inexpensive fish to cook. This one was ~$3/lb, without small bones, good tasting, and always available.
About This Recipe and Steamed Fish
Pompano is one of many available at Asian grocery stores delicious fish good for steaming (and for other cooking methods!). If you follow a healthy diet and have a limited budget, it is worse discovering. Pompano, though, is unbelievably easy to prep, cook, and eat — seriously! you can eat it with a spoon!
I can hear you saying you don’t have a steamer or your steamer is no large enough to fit a whole fish. No problem! All you need is a large diameter skillet filled with water 1″ deep and some aluminum foil. Make a ring of crumpled aluminum foil to keep the serving dish with a fish afloat and cover all of it with a piece of foil to trap the steam. Easy. I can hear you saying you don’t care for Thai food. No problem! Use your favorite sauce — salsa, chimichurri, pesto, etc. — and enjoy!