Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Dieter's Delight" Steamed Halibut and Vegetables

my new favorite toy...
the LeKue Steamer.
it's a rare occurrence when a silly looking kitchen gadget earns it's place in the kitchen.

(above photo of halibut and veg. before cooking)

this is not an infomercial by any means...i'm just passing on my experience so far with a new product i found.  at first glace i thought..."this is so lame".  i'm not going to cook a nice meal and expensive halibut in the microwave.
i am better than dinner from a microwave.
or so i thought...
it really looks like something from Japan or even IKEA, but this funny little gadget comes from Spain. i thought, "i'm not gonna fall for this one...it's 30 bucks!.  well, upon another customer's excitement about the product...i thought what the heck, i'll give it a try.

gift with purchase you say?...
i'm in.
it came with the book shown..."Beginner's Survival Cookbook".  the book is geared towards one person quick meals so i bought the smaller steamer with the tray insert.  the excited customer i mentioned said "make sure you get one with a steamer tray insert".
one recipe sparked my attention.  the cheesecake done in this contraption.  it looks like a Japanese cheesecake i made a few times and LOVE.  sorry, i haven't made it yet, but i'm sure i will be posting about it soon.
BUT for now i've been making fabulous dinners with halibut, salmon, swordfish and i just made basa (white roughy) tonight.   mom said, "one of the best bites of fish i've ever had!"

i bought mine at Sur la Table in Newport Beach...guess what...they're sold out!...but i'm sure they will get more or you can order one here.
OR...check out all the other LeKue products they carry.  i might have to investigate a few more.

NOTE...the book has great ideas, but in my usual fashion...i did not follow the instructions or recipe.  i found that it suggested cooking the vegetables too long for my taste.
use the book as a guide line.


1/2-3/4 pound fresh halibut
veg. of choice
salt and pepper
onion powder
garlic powder
1-2 Tbsp Mirin or white wine
1-2  Tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
drizzle of sesame oil
sesame seeds for garnish

season your fish as you normally would.  i use onion and garlic powder, a few drizzles of soy sauce and a few drops of hot sesame oil.  salt if necessary, but the soy is usually salty enough.
cut veggies uniform in size so that they will cook appropriately and the same time...hence the carrots using a potato peeler and snap peas cut on the diagonal.

pour the Mirin/white wine, soy sauce and water in the bottom.  put a few veggies on the bottom of the insert tray and the fish on top.  put veggies around and on top of fish to fill tray, but make sure you can close the lid.
put in microwave for 4 minutes.  be careful removing hot tray when done.  quickly peek inside and see that the fish is flaky.  if not close lid and let sit for a minute or so...my halibut was done at 4 minutes.


4 minute dinner from thawed Trader Joe's Swordfish...before and after.
salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder, Soy Vay Hoisin Garlic Sauce, a dash of Mirin and sesame oil...snap peas and julienne carrots

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