Friday, November 30, 2012

Quick donabe recipe...Calcium-rich Crunchy Baby Fish and Walnuts


Classic-style donabe are not only great for hot pot dishes, but they are essentials in my kitchen for multi-purpose uses.

Mini-size donabe are excellent for small side dishes.
I made a quick fish & nuts dish with my mini-size classic-style donabe, "Rikyu Tokusa".

This dish is called, "Tazukuri", in Japanese, and it's a traditional New Year dish in Japan. But, of course, you can enjoy it all year round. It's so rich in calcium and makes a great side dish or a snack.


2 oz  dry baby sardines ("gomame")...can be found at Japanese grocery stores
1/4C  walnuts
1T  sesame seeds

(for the sauce)
2T  sake
2T  sugar
1T  mirin
2T  soy sauce

1. For the fish, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roast them at 300F for 15 minutes in the oven. Remove from the oven and let them cool down. The fish should be light-crispy.
2. Increase the oven temperature to 400F. Roast the walnuts for 8 minutes in the oven. Remove from the oven and break them into smaller peaces by hand. 
3. In a small-size donabe, combine the ingredients for the sauce. Bring to simmer over medium-heat. Simmer until the sauce is thickened and reduced by half (3-4 minutes).
4. Remove from the heat and immediately add the baby sardines and walnuts. Stir quickly. Serve at room temperature.