Appetizer & First Course, Fish & Seafood
Domaine Ste. Michelle Sparkling Wine & Tempura-Battered Halibut
with Soy Dipping Sauce
3 lbs halibut, cut into 1-oz pieces-about 4 per person
3 cups flour
3 Tbsp corn starch
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
3 cups cold Domaine Ste. Michelle Sparkling Wine
canola or peanut oil for frying
extra flour for dredging
Heat oil in a large, deep pan for frying. Add enough oil so it is at least 3-4 inches deep, but is less than half way up the sides of the pan as the oil will foam up during cooking. Using a deep fry thermometer, bring the temperature to 350-375 degrees F. Be sure to maintain this temperature while frying to ensure proper cooking.
Combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Add the sparkling wine and whisk gently just to incorporate. Do not overmix. Dredge the fish in flour and then dip in the batter. Fry until golden brown. The same batter can be used for vegetables or chicken.
Soy Dipping Sauce
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup mirin (rice wine)
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp green onion, minced
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
Mix all the ingredients together and serve with the fish as a dipping sauce.