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Moms are pretty much geniuses but you’ll never hear a child admit that.
You only figure that out once you grow up…which was like 5 years ago when I realized I needed to cook for myself and there was no meal plan anymore and I couldn’t just head on down to the cafeteria and grab something to eat.
Enter “the list.”
My mom gave me a list of dishes that she used to make for my brother and I when we were younger. They were always super simple and quick because that’s how it had to be around our house. My mom would get home from work and have two starving kids and a husband to feed so a lot of her meals were extremely quick but ALWAYS flavorful.
This ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch was on that list and it was something that my mom would make for us all the time when we were young. She sometimes did it in the microwave but most of the time she popped it in the oven. It always made the house smell SO good. I love the combination of sesame oil and ginger!
If you’re in a pinch and looking for a super simple weeknight recipe, this is the one for you. Takes like…10 minutes to make and if you serve this with rice or veggies, you’ve got yourself a pretty filling meal! The oven method gives you super tender, flaky fish and the extra sauce you can pour over your rice or you can put the fish over a bed of salad and drizzle the extra sauce on top. Talk about healthy! You should totally get this on your weeknight meal plan lineup. I’m telling you, we have this often because of how healthy and easy it is. I sometimes like to drizzle some sriracha on top before serving because I’m totally obsessed with sriracha now. Used to not be a fan but man oh man, I swear it’s good on EVERYTHING.
Ginger Soy Sesame Fish in a Pouch
- 2 fresh white fish filets, (cod, halibut, or your favorite)
- 4 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 20 thin slices of ginger root
- 1 scallion, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
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- Preheat oven to 375 °F. Have ready two pieces of aluminum foil, each big enough to fit the fish filet in the middle with about 5 inches of foil on either side.
- Place one fish filet in the middle of one sheet of foil.
- Drizzle 2 tsp. of sesame oil on top and gently rub it all over the fish with your fingertips then flip the filet over to coat the other side with the excess sesame oil that has dripped onto the foil. Drizzle 1 tbsp. of soy sauce on top then add 10 slices of ginger, half the chopped scallions and season with salt and pepper.
- Bring up the two long sides of the aluminum foil to a tent then together, roll them down while bringing the two other sides up so the liquid doesn't drip out. You should get a nice little pouch/packet.
- Repeat with the other filet.
- Place both foil packets on a baking sheet and bake fish for 10-15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flaky.
- Carefully unwrap the fish from the package. There is HOT liquid that may come out from either side so be careful!
- Serve hot over a bed of rice, veggies, or a salad.
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Wednesday 7th of June 2017
This is my go to recipe! If I am lucky enough to have leftovers, I make soup the next day. I put fish aside, then boil leftover drippings and chicken stock together. After 10 minutes, strain it and then bring back up to a boil. I add back in the fish and thinly sliced veggies and serve on top of rice. It's so good!
Thursday 8th of June 2017
Wednesday 14th of May 2014
Made this last night with Mahi Mahi. It was so quick and easy to make and it was DELICIOUS! I made a 3rd piece of fish because I had a feeling my husband would want seconds... and he did haha! THANK YOU!
Thursday 15th of May 2014
Yum! Mahi mahi is a wonderful substitution - I'm jealous of your dinner :) I'm really glad you and your husband enjoyed it!
Helen @ Scrummy Lane
Sunday 11th of May 2014
I'm always impressed by recipes that are easy and tasty AND healthy and this one definitely fits the bill. I love fish but for some reason don't buy it very often. Thanks for this ... super useful idea!
Thursday 8th of May 2014
Great flavors and so simple to put together after a busy day!
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
Thursday 8th of May 2014
Love this for a quick weeknight dinner!