Fish paste is something you can find in many Asian grocery stores. It’s located in the fridge section and is usually in huge white tubs. It has a soft, creamy texture when raw but when you cook it the paste has a lovely bounce to it. Fish paste is made of fish with spices and has been minced long enough to make it into a thick, rich paste.
An easy, go-to recipe using fish paste is this fish paste stuffed veggies recipe. You only need a few ingredients to make this and it’s relatively healthy. You can try to replace the store bought type with your own fish paste recipe, but living in quick paced society I use the ones you can buy at the store.
- 1 large styrofoam container of fish paste
- 1-2 green onions, sliced thinly
- 1 large red, green orange or yellow pepper (or a few small, mixed)
- 1 Chinese eggplant
- 1 package of firm tofu
- Cornstarch (optional)
- Oil for cooking
To make these, add the fish paste into a bowl and add the green onions. Mix well. Then, take your peppers and cut them into 1-inch wedges. Take your Chinese eggplant and cut on an angle diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Cut in between each piece, but not all the way through to create a clam-like mouth to put the stuffing. Then, add the fish paste mixture on top of the peppers. If you find the texture of the fish paste slippery, add a thin layer of cornstarch to the inner part of the peppers before filling to prevent it from sliding off while cooking. Do the same with the eggplants and add a layer on top of the tofu. In a pan, add some cooking oil and cook on medium-low. You don’t want the heat too high because it will char on the outside and be raw on the inside.
Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until it is done. It should have a beautiful golden-brown colour and the fish paste should be solidified. If you have any leftover fish paste, you can make little patties with them and cook them on their own.
Once you’re done cooking, you will get a beautiful array of colours with the peppers, eggplant and tofu. And it’s healthy too! Although these are great on their own, you can dip it into a bit of soy sauce too. Enjoy!