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CHINESE STEAMED FISH

A bit random, but I thought I’d share a pictures of a recipe that I enjoy today. It’s for steamed white fish, and it’s very quick, easy, and healthy!

Growing up in Hawaii with a dad who worked on a boat, we always had a lot of good fish, and most of it we ate raw. As such, I never really developed a taste for cooked fish, something that’s stayed with me even into adulthood. The exception, though, is steamed fish, which I often ate at Chinese restaurants as a kid. I hadn’t eaten this kind of fish in a long time until recently, when I found this recipe online.  Below is an overview of the process—for specifics definitely check out that link.

First, in my little microwave steamer, I make a bed of aromatics.

Then I put my fillet seasoned with sherry, salt, and pepper on top.

After adding water to the bottom of the steamer I pop it into the microwave for a few minutes to cook. While I wait, I make the sauce—a combination of shoyu, sesame oil, sugar, and pepper—and, at the last minute, fry up some thinly-sliced ginger and scallions in a little oil. Once the fish is done, I move it to a fresh bed of aromatics and pour over the sauce, then the oil. (The oil bit is more for when you do this with whole fish or fillets with skin, which is why I don’t use too much.)

Normally the fish comes out in one piece, but when I took these pictures I wasn’t being careful and it broke in two, boo. It still tasted good, though! I’m not a great chef, but this is something I can now make with pretty consistent results, haha. Let me know if you try it!

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    mmm, it was tasty!

    • http://www.sputniksweetie.com SputnikSweetie

      Thanks, sweetheart! 

  • http://carrotlove.com Mai

    I wish I had your childhood of all that fish. Maybe I would’ve grown an immune system to raw fish and not get food poisoning so much :/ I would probably also like fish XD!

    I didn’t know they sold microwavable steaming things. Seems really handy! I don’t eat fish, but I know my parents do (they both have high blood pressure and cholesterol they eat fish now to be healthy) and seeing how this is steamed, maybe I can make it for you :D! Thanks for sharing :)

    • http://www.sputniksweetie.com SputnikSweetie

      Do you cook for your parents often? I almost never cook for my mom when I’m at home. I should make a point of it the next time she comes to visit. 

  • Veronica

    Must try this!!

    • http://www.sputniksweetie.com SputnikSweetie

      You definitely should! Especially if it’s warm where you are. Though, it would be really good right about now with a steaming bowl of rice, too. Hmm.