Bethenny's Skinnygirl Tips

Asian Dinner Party: Recipes and Planning Tips

Main course: Asian sea bass
Many restaurants make a sweet-glazed black cod that has become a favorite; however, it is quite sugary and fatty. My own version of this particular dish is a simple recipe for Asian sea bass with black, red, or jasmine sticky rice (which can be purchased at the grocery store), and—of course, something green—sesame sugar snap peas.

To make the sea bass, marinate 5-ounce whole fillets for at least three hours in this mixture: 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 tablespoons sugar or honey, 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons white wine, 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger, 1/4 teaspoon garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Broil the fish (no extra marinade) on a sheet pan for 10 minutes.

While your fish is cooking, coat a nonstick pan with non-toasted sesame oil, then add 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, 2 cups sugar snap peas, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and salt and pepper. Saute for a few minutes over medium/high heat until your peas are a vibrant green, and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

Dessert: Get personal with fortune cookies
After dinner, green tea is an antioxidant-packed option; however, let your guests know that it contains caffeine. For a decaf option, serve orange blossom tea or another herbal blend, with orange honey.

Now you can send your guests home with a fun souvenir—a fortune cookie! If you really want to get cute, you can order personalized messages or themed cookies online. Dish them out on saucers alongside tiny cups of green tea, pineapple, or coconut ice cream or sorbet. Serve with some candied ginger or a drizzle of chocolate sauce, a spot of whipped cream, or a few slivered almonds. To keep the dessert traditional, though, small portions are key. Asian cooking aims to fill you up on flavors, not fat, and your guests should leave the table feeling satisfied but not stuffed.
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