Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Herbal Steamed Fish

Sokehah Cheah | 1:02 PM | |

I like to steam fish as it has less fat which makes it healthy, easy and most of all, the kitchen is non-greasy which means less cleaning for me!  But steaming fish with herbs is my first attempt and I must admit that it's delicious and the herbal gravy pairs very well with plain white rice.

Oh, look at that, the chewy muscle of the fish tail ....... simply yummy!

  • 400 gm Garoupa - tail portion
  • 3 slices Dong Quai - tear to pieces
  • 6 seeded red dates  - cut
  • 1 Tbsp Kei Chi ~ Wolfberries
  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • Chopped spring onions - garnish
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2  tsp light soya sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Clean and scale the fish.  Make 2 slits about 1.1/2 inch apart across the side of the fish.  Rub in with some salt.
  2. Combine herbs and seasoning in a saucepan and let it simmer for about 10 mins. till the herbal flavours are infused in the stock.  Test for taste.  Let it cool.
  3. Prepare a steamer and let the water boil.
  4. Pour the cooled seasoning over the fish and steam over rapidly boiling water for 12 mins. or till fish is thoroughly cooked through.  Do not oversteam the fish as the flesh will be tough.
  5. Turn off heat, drizzle with Shaoxing wine, sprinkle over with chopped spring onions and add a dash of pepper.
  6. Serve immediately with plain white rice.


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  1. Heathy and delicious... bookmarked straight away!

  2. I do add wolfberries to mine at times as well. It gives it a nice sweetness.

  3. LOOKS delish!! love fishy fishy:)

  4. That piece of fish look very fresh and delicious. I love steamed fish but seldom have it. Fresh fish for steaming are very expensive here. I always go for frozen ones. I bake it or pan fry it.

  5. havent tried doing this with fish..i think it will also go well with other fish that we steam except for kembung..i think.

  6. I love steamed fish and this looks so healthy with red dates and wolfberries. I am going to make this over the weekend.

  7. Wow! That looks good! I just cooked fish for dinner too but my usual is just fry it.

  8. I love the idea of using goji in fish, nutritious and delicious!

  9. Am with you on steamed fish and I usually do that too - alternating between steamed fish and parchment-baked.

  10. I love fish steamed or baked in papilotte :) yours looks great..healthy and flavorful too :)

  11. 3 hungry tummies
    Oh yes, it is!

    Goji berries are good for the eyes!

    j3ss kitch3n
    Yes it is, something different.

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Yes, for steaming, the fish must be fresh! Frozen ones are not suitable.

    Yes, I think so too!

    Yes, give it a try!

    Steaming is easier, not greasy!

    Thank you!

    Yes, indeed it is!

    I prefer to steam or bake fish. After frying the fish, the whole kitchen stinks and my body too!

    Yes, I've yet to follow some of your 'fishy' recipes. Look great and not messy!

  12. alcupcake
    You are most welcome! Steamed fish is very light and refreshing.

  13. My boy loves steamed fish alot! And this sounds just amazing. Thanks for the recipe & hope you'
    re enjoying your weekend.

  14. Hi!
    I've followed this recipe twice and love it :) so healthy and tasty! Thanks.

  15. Anonymous
    Thanks for visiting and also for trying out my recipes. Hope to see you more often!



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