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Spareribs with Plum Sauce

This delicious recipe for spareribs with Asian flavors from chef Paul Tang makes a wonderful change from the typical BBQ rubs. Ideally marinate the ribs overnight and cook them slowly in the Combi steam oven, so the meat tenderizes and reaches that wonderful fall off the bone texture. The ribs can also be prepared in the traditional manner, covered with foil or a tight fitting lid in the Convection oven. The ribs can then be finished on the grill or under the broiler in the Convection oven.

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Ingredients

Spareribs and Marinade


2 lbs pork spareribs , cut in half lengthwise or whole

1 tsp Kosher salt

2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or Sherry

2 tbsp ginger, grated



Glaze


6 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp plum sauce

3 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp soy sauce

¼ cup water


Garnish


2 green onions, sliced thin

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


Preparation

Cut the ribs apart between the bones. Place ribs in a large resealable plastic bag with the salt, sugar, wine, ginger and massage the marinade into the ribs. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready to cook, place the ribs in a glass casserole or the solid Steam oven pan.


Steam Oven Method: Heat the oven to 280 degrees in the Steam mode and cook the ribs uncovered for 1 ½ - 2 hours until the meat is beginning to fall off the bone.


Convection Oven Method: Heat the oven to 300 degrees in the Convection mode. Place the ribs in an oven-proof casserole dish, add ½ cup of water and cover the dish tightly with foil. Cook for 1 ½ - 2 hours until the meat is beginning to fall off the bone.


In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients for the glaze, set aside.

Once the ribs are cooked and almost falling off the bone, brush the ribs with the glaze all over.


Heat the Convection oven in the Broil mode High or 485 degrees. Place the ribs on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet and broil for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.


Notes: remember when using the Broil mode your oven will come to temperature very quickly. Make sure an oven rack is in a suitable position for broiling before heating the oven and always broil with the oven door closed.


Makes 4 - 6 servings

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Combi Steam Whole Fish

When steaming whole fish in the Combi-Steam oven, select the solid pan or use an oven-safe casserole dish. Then add the aromatics you wish to use to flavor the fish together with just enough water to cover the base of the pan and maybe even a splash of wine if appropriate. The cooking time will be a little longer than when fish is steamed over boiling water, but the succulent results are well worth the extra 8 - 10 minutes of cooking time.

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Paul Tang

Ingredients

Cooking the Fish


2 whole tilapia or striped sea bass,  scales and fins removed

1” piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced

2 scallions, thinly sliced into 2” long diagonal strips

1 lemon, thinly sliced

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sesame oil


Serving the Fish


1 small red Jalapeno chili pepper, cut into very thin circles

2 scallions, thinly sliced into 2” long diagonal strip

4 tbsp sesame oil, heated

Preparation

Heat the oven in the Steam mode, 100% Humidity, 212 Degrees


Pour about ¼ - ½ a cup of water into the solid Combi-Steam oven Pan.


Cut a few diagonal slits in the fish and place the fish in the prepared pan.


Place the lemon and ginger slices in the slits and put any remaining slices in the belly together with the scallions.


Pour the soy sauce over the fish then drizzle the sesame oil over the fish. Place in the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes until the fish flakes easily from the bone.


Place the fish on a platter and sprinkle the reserved scallions and chili pepper over the fish.


Heat the sesame oil until sizzling then pour it over the fish.

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