27 March 2009

Recipe: Blackened Redfish with Corn Cake

Photo by Chasqui @ flickr of another version of Blackened Redfish with Risotto and Asparagus at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans.

Blackened Redfish with Corn Cake

From: Hosea Rosenberg, Top Chef Season 5

Prep time: About 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 12


For Fish:

12 small cubes redfish (about 1 ounce each)
4 Tablespoons Blackening Spice (you will have extra)
Vegetable oil for cooking

For Corn Cakes:

4 ears fresh corn, kernels removed
3 eggs
3 egg whites
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup potato puree (boiled russet potato pressed through mill)
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
2 ounces melted butter
Salt and pepper

For Remoulade Sauce:

2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch salt
8 ounces canola oil
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon yellow onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon celery, finely chopped
½ teaspoon Creole spice
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ Tablespoon fresh chopped herbs like parsley, thyme and oregano


Fresh Cilantro
Canned baby corn

Directions for Fish:

Press one side of fish into blackening spice. Over medium-high heat, sear seasoned side of fish for about one minute, then flip and cook one minute on other side, or until it is just cooked through. Set aside.

Directions for Corn Cakes:

In blender, puree half of corn with whole eggs and half-and-half. In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and remaining kernels of corn. Add wet to dry and mix until just combined. Whip egg whites till soft peaks and fold in. Slowly drizzle in melted butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook small scoops of batter on to griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat with a little oil until cooked through, flipping once. They should look like mini pancakes. Keep warm.

Directions for Remoulade Sauce:

Sautee garlic, onion, peppers and celery in small amount of oil over medium heat until cooked through and wilted, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, spices, and herbs. Cool. In food processor, place eggs, lemon, salt and Tabasco. While processing, slowly drizzle in oil. Once this “mayonnaise” (remoulade) is finished, mix in the vegetables. Check seasoning.

To Serve: Place small amount of remoulade sauce on pancake. Top with fish and garnish with fresh cilantro and corn shoots.
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