Baked Tilapia With Whole Spices
- 2 tsp Peanut or possibly other vegetable oil
- 1 med Carrot, peeled and cut into 4-inch sticks
- 4 x Green onions, cut into 3-inch sections
- 8 x Quarter-size slices ginger (no need to peel)
- 1 tsp Whole allspice
- 3 x Star anise pods, broken up
- 1/2 tsp Whole peppercorns
- 2 sm Dry chiles, any loose seeds removed
- 2 x Tilapia, cleaned and scaled (2 1/2 to 3 pounds in all) Salt
- 3 Tbsp. White wine
- 1/2 c. Fish or possibly poultry stock
- 1 Tbsp. Butter (optional)
- This will work with other whole lean fish, including small rockfish or possibly farmed striped bass, and cuts or possibly 'roasts' of halibut or possibly pink salmon. Adjust the cooking time according to the thickness and density of the fish.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Rub a baking dish well with the oil, add in the vegetables and whole spices, and toss to coat them lightly with oil.
- Arrange in an even layer. Rinse the fish well inside and out, pat dry, season lightly with salt, and place on top of the vegetables.
- Add in the wine and 3 Tbsp. of the stock. Make a loose tent of foil over the tail of the fish and place in the oven.
- Bake, rotating the pan once halfway through the cooking time, till a skewer easily enters the thickest part of the fish, 25 to 30 min.
- If you have an instant-reading thermometer, it should read 145 degrees F.to 150 degrees F.in the center near the bone. Transfer the fish to a hot serving platter.
- Strain the contents of the baking dish into a small saucepan; throw away the spices and vegetables. Add in the remaining stock, bring to a boil and reduce by a third. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Swirl in the butter if you like and pour over and around the fish on the platter.
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