Use tea leaves to infuse a smoky flavor to any kind of fish with this Chinese tea smoked method ~ by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
It’s pretty amazing that my recipe for this month’s Recipe ReDux did NOT set off the smoke alarms in my house (come to think of it, maybe I should check those batteries.)
This month’s ReDux theme is Cooking with Tea:
Tea cups around the world are bubbling up with bold new flavors: From cardamom chai and sencha green to bubble teas and veggie teas. We wish we could attend the World Tea Expo the end of this month – but in lieu of a plane ticket, we’ll be cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes.
….and my smoky house was not the result of a teakettle left on a burner overnight but instead from this makeshift smoker I put together.
But according to my
Google search intense research on this Chinese cooking method of tea smoking, a smoky atmosphere means you are doing it right (though, you should pause when one recipe tells you to open every window in your kitchen, turn on the vent and any nearby ceiling fans.)
The basic method to tea smoked fish is simple:
1) Mix together tea leaves with sugar and uncooked rice.
2) Add this mixture to a foil lined skillet or wok (using foil is key if you don’t want to destroy your pan.)
3) Heat for a bit and then add your fish to a steamer and place on top of tea mixture.
4) Cover everything with a lid (damp towels around the lid help to seal in the smoke) and smoke away.
I used black tea from your run of the mill tea bags but would love to experiment with jasmine or Earl Grey tea on the next go around.
And in addition to fish, you can tea smoke just about kind of food from chicken to shellfish to tofu tomatoes to mushrooms. And since you are cooking and smoking the food at the same time, it’s a much quicker process than using a smoker for hours on end.Print
I gotta say, I liked the flavor of the tilapia even better the next day. We used leftovers to make quesadillas and used the rest in a spaghetti dish the following day – yum!
Ever use tea for cooking before? What are you favorite types of tea (for drinking or cooking with) – please share! Check out all the creative tea inspired recipes from ReDux members below AND a link to Day #2 of Cooking with Tea here (featuring Regan’s Gluten-Free Lemon Zinger Tea Bread – swoon):