Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions | Kitchen Confidante | On Rice Noodles

Simple Sundays | Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions

Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions | Kitchen Confidante | On Rice Noodles
Simple Sundays | Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions

Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions | Kitchen Confidante

A few days before we reached the threshold of the new year, we stripped down the walls on the first floor. Holiday trimmings were put away, but our normal decorations were not returned. Instead, we reassessed each piece. Some we purged, some we kept. But before moving forward, we gave the walls some love. Holes were patched, nicks were retouched. Window coverings removed. Furniture was covered, and then we painted everything a pristine white.

The project is nearly done downstairs, and has continued to the second floor. For the first time in a very long time, we no longer have color on the walls. I’m surrounded by newfound light, and each piece that is placed on the mantle has been carefully considered. I love the freshness, the feeling of space, and starting fresh, and am finding myself extending this sense of serenity to everything in my life.

Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions | Kitchen Confidante | Scallions

When I pick up my camera, I have been more thoughtful with each press of the shutter-release. Less in my viewfinder is more. Post processing is streamlined. What used to take far too long culling, is completed in minutes. Which gives me more time to return to the kitchen.

My approach to cooking has been straightforward this week, too. I cooked old favorites, the ones I can prepare with my eyes closed, I’ve made them so many times before. I cooked dishes that require very little fuss. When my husband brought home milky white fillets of cod, hinting at the notion of fish and chips, I decided to go the opposite direction. Clean and light, Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions seemed like a better idea that afternoon.

Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions | Kitchen Confidante | On Rice Noodles

Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions

Serves 4 | Prep: 5 min | Cook: 10 min

This very simple recipe, which called out to me the moment I saw it on Martha Stewart Everyday Food, is not only a breeze to cook, it is especially wonderful because of its ingredients. With fewer than 10 items, it packs great flavor with hardly any fuss.


3 tablespoons rice vinegar (alternatively, chicken stock may be substituted)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated or julienned
1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, skin removed
6 scallions

Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper


In a deep sided saute pan, swirl together the rice vinegar (or stock), soy sauce, and ginger. Slice the cod into 4 fillets of the same size and season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Place the fillets in the pan and place over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a gentle boil, then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 8 minutes, periodically spooning the liquid over the fillets.

Meanwhile, slice the scallions into three inch pieces crosswise. Take the green portions and thinly slice lengthwise. When the cod has steamed for about 8 minutes, Scatter the scallions over the fillets and cover again. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and opaque.

Serve immediately. I love this over rice noodles (which cook very quickly, 5 minutes or less) or steamed rice.


  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day

    I love simplicity and classic meals. These flavors are perfect, too! We just bought a new house and we’ve been talking about paint colors and decorations but I haven’t thought about just going with white. It’s peaceful to think that way though. My wheels are turning now!

    • liren

      Oh the possibilities! I am excited for your new home, Cassie. For years, we have played with all kinds of color, but this is also the first home where we have stayed the longest. I think after 7 years of living in this house, we needed to make it feel new again. For now, the white is nice, but I know we will be itching to bring some color back. Have fun decorating, I love that part of buying a house!

  2. Brian

    Your work is wonderful… and i’m so glad you are enjoying your new space for photographing. It sounds magical.

    • liren

      Brian, that means a lot, thank you. Coming from you, that is especially meaningful. I have to say, having this brightness is quite new to me, it’s taking a lot of getting used to, but I do love it!

  3. angela@spinachtiger

    You made a tan and white food dish look good, even without the fussing. White is my favorite color. Having been a faux finisher for years, my house has lots of wall treatment that can’t be removed, but we have huge windows. I long, though, for a white room.

  4. Eileen

    This cod looks so good. It’s clear that such a simple approach lets the fish flavor really shine through.

  5. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    What a beautifully simple dish! I can sense you are heading to simplicity – which is often a good thing. I am sure your house is looking even more amazing with the pristine white walls. This is a gorgous dish!! SIMPLICITY and TASTY!

  6. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Pampering home and giving the walls a fresh new code of paint is always refreshing.
    Your lighter dinner is nothing but amazing, and delicious. It made my mouth water as soon as your post opened. Stunning and clean magazine like photos…really delicious meal!

  7. Isabelle @ Crumb

    I love the simplicity of this dish – I often find that with fish and seafood, the whole less-is-more approach is the best one, since the flavours are often so delicate and easily overpowered.
    I usually just prepare fresh cod is in the Portuguese style (poached and drizzled with good olive oil) but I might just try this version out next time… it sounds like a wonderful change from my usual!

  8. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me!

    I am also painting and trying to get my tiny apartment more functional…It’s the husbad that is taking his time..maybe I will finish by 2014…LOL

    Loved the fish….

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