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Easy Steamed Fish

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Easy Steamed Fish
Easy steamed fish (清蒸鱼)

I learnt this super easy way of cooking steamed fish from my mum and to me, this dish is perfect in every way.

Perfect because … this dish cost about S$4 (cheap!), 10 minutes to prepare (easy!) and 10 minutes to cook (fast!). It’s super healthy, and no messy clean ups later. It has all my favourite tastes (salty/spicy/tangy) as well as favourite food ingredients like ginger, spring onions, mushrooms, chili, tomato and sour plums. I lick up every last drop of the water that comes from steaming the fish… so satisfying! =D

This is so easy that you can whip this up when you’re cooking for one person too. Simply cook some rice (or porridge) while you are steaming the fish and you have a healthy, delicious home cooked meal in no time. To me, this certainly beats eating crappy & unhealthy food court meals for around the same price ;p

Salted Plums
My bottle of salted plums

Easy Steamed Fish

Note: If you like a recipe for steaming a whole fish, check out my Teochew steamed fish recipe.

(Serves 1-2)
Note: If cooking for more, just use a bigger piece of fish and add more of the other ingredients accordingly to fill the plate.

– 1 small cut of fish (about 150g onwards)
– 1 thick stalk spring onions, cut to 2 inch lengths
– 5 slices ginger, sliced thinly
– 1 chilli padi, sliced thinly (adjust or omit to your liking)
– 1/2 to 1 tomato, cut to small wedges
– 2 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
– 1 sour plum (aka salted plum)
– 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
– 2 tbsp water (or more if you like more “soup”)


1. Place fish (skin side down) in a deep plate. Drizzle light soy sauce and water over the fish. Keep in fridge (covered) for at least 30 minutes if you can.
2. Scatter the rest of the ingredients evenly over the fish.
3. Steam on high heat for 10-15 minutes (note: for the small piece I had, it is cooked after 10 minutes of steaming).

Steamed Fish (clean plate!)
Clean plate, a sign of satisfaction (or greed?)

63 comments on “Easy Steamed Fish”

  1. This is the kind of dish you can make all at once. Cook your rice in a pot that has a steamer top (I have an all-in-one, sometimes called a pasta pentola, that has a basket for cooking pasta and a smaller steamer that fits in the top). You can make the rice in the bottom, and in the last 10 minutes add the fish. The liquid drips down and flavors the rice!

  2. This sounds delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had sour plums, but they sound intriguing! What a healthy way to cook too.

  3. I will finish everything that’s left on your plate, the fish skin and ginger. :D

    I like my steam fish with sour plum too, really perfect, delicious and easy! :-)

  4. Oh man, I want your healthy steamed fish. Is the sour plum sold in bottle? I never buy it before and thus no idea how it looks like.

  5. Never tried cooking with sour plum before, so it’s definitely on my list of things to do with steamed fish. Thanks!

  6. i’m just glad I’m not reading and drooling over this late at night

  7. We do this style of steamed fish a lot in our house. It’s best with fresh fish that has flaky flesh, like cod.

  8. What is that leftover piece of fish(or skin) doing on the plate?

    I wish I had someone do all the preparation cleaning and cutting for me after a long day at work. Then, it is true…what I really have to do when I get home is that place all the ingredients on the fish and let it steam :P I am so lazy right? But really tired after coming home leh…

  9. Totally agreed with u – Fast, healthy and no messy. That’s why I steam fish most of the time. :-)

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