Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Recipe: Simmered Karei (Flounder/Ikan Sebelah) Japanese-style

I love spending hours browsing the supermarket for fresh produce or discovering new and interesting ingredients. Both my kids love eating fish very much, and in the Japanese section I found karei fillet. I later found out that this white fish is known as flounder (a type of flat fish) or also known as ikan sebelah in Malay.

Simmered Karei

The method of preparation that I chose is a simple Japanese style of simmering it in a mixture of sake, mirin, dashi, soy and sugar. Since the fillet is quite thin, it only took about 2 minutes to cook. I served the fish with some grated daikon and cute carrot shapes and my kids cleaned the whole plate. It makes me happy to see them enjoying a healthy dish with such enthusiasm. By the way, you can use any other firm-fleshed white fish with this recipe if you cannot get karei.

Simmered Karei (Flounder) Japanese style
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Japanese Bible
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 3-4 minutes
Serves 1 (or 2 kids)

150g karei fillet (or other firm-fleshed white fish)
3/4 tbsp cooking sake
3/4 tbsp mirin
30ml dashi stock
20ml Japanese soy sauce

To garnish
Daikon (radish), finely grated
Carrots, sliced thinly

1. Rinse fish under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel.

2. Place sake, mirin, dashi and soy sauce in a deep frying pan or wok. Bring to the boil over high heat, and once boiling place the fish into the pan. Spoon some sauce over the fish and bring back to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 minute, flipping over and then cooking for another minute or until the flesh is opaque.

3. Carefully use a spatula to lift the fish onto plate. Spoon sauce over the fish and garnish with daikon, carrots and parsley. Serve immediately.

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  1. it's tough to make flounder looks good kan? those bunny carrots definitely helped :P

    1. Haha I think the fillets look pretty ok, but the whole fish sure isnt pretty :P

  2. looks great! a nice way to encourage the kids to eat healthy fish, heh :D

    1. Luckily for me, my kids love eating fish and vegetables! But they do like their sweeties too. So it's a good balance.

  3. I love that ikan sebelah... Great for ikan bakar, lots of sambal. Yummmm!!!!!

  4. Love the fish in the Japanese sauce....

  5. Hi Baby Sumo, look very inviting. Lovely presentation and I love the cute cut out carrot. :)

    Have a nice day.

  6. Lovely dish and I love the bunny carrots

  7. Lookie those cute bunnies again! I love bunnies! :D
    I think I would enjoy the fish dish too!

  8. Looks yum! I love eating ikan sebelah, would usually fry them till crispy and top with homemade chilli paste!

  9. Yen , SPAM alert ! ...... Anyway , simple yet delicious dish !

  10. Simple, easy to cook, healthy and delicious. Ticks all the boxes. Good to train children to eat healthy and real food.


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