I bought a small pack of Arrowroot powder sometime ago but it's not been used as much as I planned. I used it in soups but haven't test it in stir-fries. My house helper bought me some nice and fresh Red Snapper fillets and large prawns last week from a fisherman, selling by the road side :-D She's really good at sourcing such produce and I'm really happy with her service :-P I even told her that I mentioned about her in my blog... she's so happy :-)
I decided to use the arrowroot for this recipe that used tomatoes before it's due date :-P I read that arrowroot is works very well with acidic liquid (example; tomatoes in this recipe or maybe pasta sauce?). It's neutral tasting it's the best among the starch thickeners besides surviving the freezer with no effects of odd taste or spongy. It also gives high gloss to your dishes ( I think it's fabulous with pie fillings!). One thing of caution though, arrowroot doesn't work well with milk based sauces as I found out when I use it to make ice cream when I ran out of cornstarch :-(
Here's a recipe that I wanted to share. You must be wondering what's this 'Thymato Sauce' :-P It's the combination of 'Thyme' and 'Tomato'. You see, when I upload my recipe and picts to food sites, they have this word/title limits to certain count. So, to shorten the process (actually, my laziness :-P), I decided to call the fish's sauce/gravy as 'Thymato'. I think it sounds better than 'Thymemato'. Hmmm... sounds like one of those weird science projects, huh? Well, If you can have 'Tamarillo', why not 'Thymato'? Hee heee heeee... :-P
Red Snapper Fillet In Thymato Sauce
300 g Red Snapper Fillet (or any white fish fillet) ~ skin on
400 g Tomato ~ skinned and seeded
2 pcs Lebanese Cucumbers
1 Tbl Fresh Thyme ~ fully packed/1 tsp dried Thyme
1 clove Garlic ~ minced
10 g Arrowroot Powder **
Some oil for shallow frying
For Fish Marinate:
2.5 g Salt (approx. ½ tsp)
3o ml Ginger Wine (I'd posted a recipe if you don't have ready-made wine)
Some Ground White Pepper to taste
60 ml Water
30 g Raw Sugar
2 g Salt (approx. ⅓ tsp)
20 ml Tomato Sauce (Tomato Ketchup)
10 ml Rice Vinegar
30 ml Water
12 g Arrowroot Powder**
* Unless stated otherwise all cup & spoon measurements are level.
** For this recipe you can use other starches as thickener or glaze like Cornstarch, Kudzu, Potato Starch, Tapioca or Water Caltrop Starch.
1. Rinse fish fillet and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut into pieces (depends on the size of fillet, you can have about 3 or more portions). Mix gently the pieces with marinade for 10± minutes.
2. Slice the skinned and seeded tomatoes into wedges. Cut the cucumbers into quarters lengthwise and then dice coarsely. You can cut into rounds as well ~ as long as the cucumbers cook evenly.
3. Add the Kudzu powder to the pieces of fish and mix well (it's easier to mix with fingers).
4. Heat some oil in a deep pan. Fry the fish pieces on both sides until medium-well done (62.8°C/145°F degrees core temp). Dish out and set aside. Remove the used oil.
5. In the same pan, heat some oil. Stir-fry the minced garlic until fragrant. Add in tomato wedges. Stir for awhile. Add in the seasoning and fried fish pieces. Let it cook for few minutes.
6. Add in the diced cucumbers and fresh thyme. Gently mix the ingredients so that the fish pieces are not break apart.
7. Add in the thickener mixture and gently stir until it thickens. Dish out and serve.