Source: Alaska Seafood

Tempura Cod Bites with Samurai Sauce
These little cod bites are great for parties or as an appetizer.
Serves: 3 to 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


1/2 cup mirin
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons minced and seeded serrano peppers
1 tablespoon minced green onion or chives
Tempura Cod Bites
1 pound Alaska cod fillets, fresh, thawed or frozen
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, if desired
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 to 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup furikake (shredded nori and seasonings) if desired
3/4 cup tempura, dry Batter
Ice cold water, as needed
Peanut or canola oil, for frying

Mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside.

Fill a large sauté pan or stockpot with enough water to cover the seafood and bring to a simmer. Rinse any ice glaze from the frozen Alaska cod under cold water. Turn off the heat and gently add the seafood to the water and return heat to a simmer. Once simmering, cover the pan tightly and cook 4 to 5 minutes for the frozen seafood or 2 minutes for the fresh or thawed fish. Turn off the heat and let the seafood rest in the liquid for 5 minutes, or until the seafood is opaque throughout. Remove the cod from the water and cool slightly and flake into small pieces.

Add enough oil to a fryer or deep, heavy saucepot to at least 3 inches deep and heat to 350°F. Mix together the cod flakes, mayonnaise, cayenne, lime juice, salt and pepper. Gently fold in the panko and scoop the mixture by tablespoon into balls. Roll the balls in furikake, if desired. Mix tempura and enough cold water, as directed on the package, to make a batter. Mix just until slightly lumpy. Dip the balls into the batter to lightly coat, removing the excess as needed. Fry, in batches, for 3 to 5 minutes until deep golden brown. Serve cod bites with the dipping sauce.

Variation: Alaska cod can be poached, steamed, baked or sautéed until opaque throughout; cool slightly before breaking into small flakes.

Also check out the Alaska Style Recipes for Kids!

Per serving: 340 calories, 7 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 19% calories from fat, 57 mg cholesterol, 23 g protein, 43 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 1024 mg sodium, 3 mg calcium and 710 mg omega-3 fatty acids

Source: Wild Alaska Seafood