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Braised Flounder with Chinese Cabbage


This healthy Chinese dish is best made with homemade fish stock.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1998


  • 1 piece ginger (1 1/2 inches), peeled
  • 3 cups Homemade Fish Stock, or thawed frozen fish stock
  • 1 large leek, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, well washed
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces white button mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 canned water chestnuts, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 head Chinese (napa) cabbage, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced on bias, plus more for garnish
  • 6 flounder fillets (5 ounces each)


  1. Thinly slice half the ginger; cut remaining half into 1 1/2-inch-long matchsticks, and reserve. Place sliced ginger, stock, leek, star anise, sherry, and soy sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Strain and reserve stock.

  2. In a large, straight-sided saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add shallots and garlic; saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; season with pepper. Raise heat to medium high; cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Add water chestnuts, and cook 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl.

  3. Place cabbage and sliced scallions in saucepan. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Roll up fillets; place on cabbage. Add reserved fish stock and cooked vegetables. Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat; simmer until fish has cooked through, about 15 minutes. Garnish with ginger matchsticks and scallions. Serve.

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