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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. Excellent job! I think it’s Teo Chew way of steaming fish with sour plum if I am not wrong ;) I also wonder where is your SG address so that I can knock knock your door to taste it! Wink* :P

  2. I love a good steamed fish and this looks great!


  3. oh!! you cook my favourite dish!! You know what my lazy and easy way to cook or steam this fish is by microwave it for 5 minutes!! lol! I can’t wait for 20 or 30 minutes for the hot rolling boil water to cook my fish!lol!

  4. Ur fish looks delicious. Sour plum is the miracle ingredient, I suppose.

    Will definitely try it out myself at home :)

  5. Farina, Dee, mywoklife, lisa, DTW thanks! =)

    Cecil, hehe you should totally check out sour plums for steamed fish ;p

    ladyhomechef, hehe ;p Yes I realised this method is quite teochew as well ;p

    beachlover, woah … microwaved fish! But why not? my microwave has a steamed function too, I should explore that in future. but I since steaming my small piece only takes 10 mins, I reckon it’s already quite fast :p

    Woollycroak, thanks babe! I think your steamed whole fish looks more delicious than mine ;p

  6. Oh, sour plums with the steamed fish! Haven’t tried that before.

  7. Hi ts, sour plums really add a nice tangy sourish taste to steamed fish… try it some time ;p

  8. My slice fish was a disaster… dunno what I did. It’s so embarrassing to put up any pic.

  9. Thank you so much. I always wanted to have a steamed fish but was scared to try. Your method perfectly suited my requirement.

  10. I tried this dish today, wonderful, I used toman fillet from the supermart about S$2.50, but the sour plum that I used was a bit sweet, but it turned out pleasantly well too. Super healthy dish, thanks for the recipe :)

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