Ginger-Scallion Napa Slaw with Sizzly Five-Spice Snapper

Get ready for summer with this low-cal MYOT (Make-Your-Own Take-Out) dinner.


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil, divided
  • 4 red snapper fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder (found in the spice aisle)
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium head napa cabbage (about 1 3/4 pounds), shredded
  • 1 bunch scallions (8-10 scallions), cut into thirds, then shredded lengthwise into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


In a medium size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil, one turn of the pan. Score the skin side of the fish with a few crosshatch marks to keep it from curling. Season the fish with salt, pepper and the five-spice powder. Put the fish in the skillet, skin side down, and cook, turning once, until it’s no longer raw in its thickest part, about 4 minutes on each side.

In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, three turns of the pan. When the oil ripples, add the ginger, garlic and cabbage. Wilt and sear the cabbage for 3-4 minutes, then add the scallions and cook for another minute. Add the soy sauce, vinegar and honey. Toss the cabbage to coat evenly with the sauce and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Pile the ginger-scallion cabbage on dinner plates and top with the red snapper.

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