Cod Fillets Poached in Five-Spice Broth

This meal is light and fresh, with vegetables and flaky fish poached in a perfumed broth. It comes from Epicurious. I've adapted it slightly by using low-sodium both and sodium-reduced soy sauce. You can also use soba noodles instead of udon noodles. This recipe works with tilapia too.

Cod Fillets Poached in Five-Spice Broth


Quantity Ingredients
2, 6-ounce (170 g) cod fillets
salt and freshly ground pepper
1.75 cups / 420 ml low-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp / 15 ml dry sherry
1 tsp / 5 ml sodium-reduced soy sauce, more if needed
1 tsp / 5 ml sugar
1 tsp / 5 ml five-spice powder
1 tsp / 5 ml toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp / 15 ml vegetable oil
3 heads baby bok choy, cored and thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 tbsp / 15 ml peeled and minced fresh ginger
3 ounces / 85 g udon noodles
1 green onion, thinly sliced in the diagonal
2 tsp / 10 ml minced fresh cilantro
1 tsp / 5 ml sesame seeds


Pat the fillets dry and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, sherry, soy sauce, sugar, five-spice powder, and sesame oil. Set aside.

Heat a 12-in/30.5-cm skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil. When the oil shimmers, add the bok choy stems, carrot, and ginger and sauté until the bok choy turns bright green and the ginger is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the broth mixture and bring to a simmer. Add the noodles and give them a stir to keep them from sticking. When the broth returns to a simmer, top the noodles and veggies with the fish, bok choy leaves, and green onion.

Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the noodles and fish are tender and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Taste and add more soy sauce or pepper if the mix needs it.

Divide the noodles and fish between two warmed shallow bowls and ladle the broth and vegetables over. Garnish with the cilantro and sesame seeds and serve hot.

Serves. 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size Per 1 serving
Calories 400
Cholesterol 80
Carbohydrates 35
Fiber 3
Protein 40
Fat 11
Saturated Fat 1.5
Trans Fat 0
Sodium 540