Poached Cod and Egg over Rice

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I looked forward to a few things in anticipation of vacationing in Maui over the holidays:  to being away from the day-to-day grind, to spending quality time with my husband, to swimming and lounging on the beach and….

…to eating a Japanese breakfast.

I must have mentioned the last thing to my husband several times during the flight over.  “Of all the things to look forward to in Hawaii”, I could almost hear him say.  It’s not like I can’t have it at home and yet I practically dragged him out of bed on our first day of vacation for a buffet breakfast.  I remembered stumbling upon a certain Ka’anapali hotel’s morning spread many, many years ago, during one of our first trips to Hawaii together.  It offered the usual items–omelets made to order, tons of fresh fruit, oatmeal, eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, pastries–but what caught my attention was the Japanese section with a big pot of miso soup and the fixings on the side, the giant cooker full of steamed rice and next to it a large tray of steamed fish (mackerel, I think).  I generally don’t even crave breakfast (admittedly, unless I’m on vacation) but there’s something about seeing rice that just makes my heart skip a beat.  So on that first morning (which happened to be Christmas Day) I had a bowl of rice, scrambled eggs, steamed fish, two servings of miso soup (and bacon; of course!); I was all smiles as I ate my breakfast with the Pacific Ocean just steps before me.


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I will admit that the quality of that Japanese breakfast wasn’t worth raving about but it did satisfy my craving.  I knew I could do better at home, so here’s my take on a Japanese-style breakfast (a true Japanese breakfast has more components than this).

I poached cod in water seasoned with a bit of kosher salt, salt-free seasoning and fresh lemon juice.  It may not seem like it but these additions to the water impart a lot of flavor to the fresh fish.  For the egg component I believe omelets are more traditional but I can’t resist poached eggs.  They share the spot with soft-boiled eggs as my favorite preparation.  I plated the two with rice sprinkled with furikake (Japanese rice seasoning) and chopped scallions and I had a winner of a breakfast.  The only thing missing was the fabulous ocean view.

* Furikake comes in many flavor combinations but I like the ones with seaweed, bonito flakes and sesame seeds.  They impart a lot of flavor to plain rice and egg.  The next time you visit an Asian market, give one of them a try.  


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This is my take on a traditional Asian breakfast--filling, healthy and satisfying.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 portions fish fillets (I used cod)
  • Steamed rice
  • Roughly 1 tablespoon no-salt seasoning
  • salt
  • 1 - 1¼ cup water (for poaching)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Chopped scallions for topping
  • Furikake (Japanese rice seasoning; available at any Asian store)
  • Soy sauce, for drizzling over rice
  1. To poach the eggs: I use an egg poaching tray with room for three eggs. It fits perfectly in my 8½-inch fry pan. Add about 1 cup water to the pan and bring to a boil. Break the eggs into the poaching tray and put in the pan with boiling water. Reduce heat to medium or medium-high, cover the pan with a domed lid and wait about 5 minutes. This should be enough time for the egg whites to set while the yolks stay soft. Transfer tray out of pan but don't discard the water.
  2. To prepare the fish: In the same pan that you used to poach the eggs and using the same water (add a bit more if the water reduced to less than 1 cup), add a couple pinches of salt, the no-salt seasoning and the juice of about half a lemon. Bring the water to a simmer then add the fish pieces. Cover again with the domed lid and depending on the size and thickness of your fish, they should be done in about five minutes. Turn over the fish halfway during cooking if the water doesn't cover them completely.
  3. Assembly: Top the fish and egg on steamed rice seasoned with furikake and chopped scallions. Serve warm.





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  1. Beautiful palette in these photos, Jean! Love the sunny yellow, what a welcoming way to start the day!

  2. So loving this! Your photos are mouth watering. Such a simple treat with terrific flavor. Nicely done Jean!!

  3. What a fun, unique and delicious sounding breakfast! Do you have any vacancies at your Japanese B&B? I’ll be the first to check in!

  4. Yeah only thing we need is the view!! Your egg over rice is perfect, Jean! The egg yolk running into rice… I know some people don’t like non-cooked egg yolk, but when it’s so fresh… it’s amazing. I pour a tiny bit of soy sauce too. HEAVENLY. I love the way you prepared. I can eat this every single day!

  5. Simply gorgeous! That egg is perfect.



  6. So gorgeous! It’s such a Springy dish! Love the photos, Jean!

  7. That’s a sunning meal Jean and I love runny soft eggs!

  8. Love your Japanese breakfast- plus all the soft yellows to go with the poached egg and lemon slices-I can see why you were craving this one;-)

  9. This looks amazing!

  10. we’re planning on going to Hawaii this year, now after reading your post I wish I could pack right at this minute. your photos are stunning, I can’t wait to have egg over rice, never tried this combo

  11. I will admit Japanese breakfast make me nervous for our trip there in a couple months. I am not a huge breakfast person anyway, but the idea of having fish and miso soup put me on edge 🙂 But this is just gorgeous, and I am not sure it would matter what time of day it is!

  12. Sounds like a great way to start the day! Lovely recipe and as always gorgeous photos!

  13. Love vibrant yellows and whites in your images. It makes me smile and think of summer mornings! The only thing I need to do is go on a vacation so I can eat something as delicious as this. At leisure.

  14. This dish looks nice and light but beautiful with the lemon yellow color, wish I had some right now.

  15. You have made this breakfast look so incredibly pretty and wholesome. i am fortunate enough to live with a view over the Pacific Ocean. I must remember to not take it for granted.

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