Once you learn about a new ingredient, like five-spice powder, the best way to get to know it is to cook with it. To experiment with China's most popular spice blend, consider this recipe. The five-spice powder gives the fish a sweet, spicy, and pungent flavor.
A quick and simple slaw consisting of napa cabbage, scallions, and soy sauce is an ideal crunchy companion to the dish. If you can't find snapper, substitute another firm-fleshed fish. To get the recipe keep reading. Ingredients 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil Directions Serves 4.
Four 6-ounce red snapper fillets
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium head napa cabbage (about 1-3/4 pounds), shredded
1 bunch of scallions (8 to 10), cut into thirds, then shredded lengthwise into matchsticks
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil