Chinese-Style Steamed Fish

Chinese-Style Steamed Fish


"This is a basic and common Chinese recipe for steamed fish. My father taught me how to make this; it is easy to prepare, hard to mess up, and very versatile. Serve over white rice, using some of the sauce mixture from the steaming bowl."


35 m servings 215 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 4.2 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 5.2g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 37.7 g
  • 75%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 636 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Arrange 1/2 of the green onions on the bottom of the steaming bowl (it is important to steam in a container in order to retain the steam and juices around the fish). Place 1/2 of the mushrooms and Napa cabbage sections on top of the onions. Place fish on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes over fish. Top with the remaining green onions, mushrooms, and napa cabbage. Drizzle soy sauce and water over everything.
  2. Place steam bowl in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.


  • Note
  • Halibut, cod, or any firm-fleshed white fish will work for this recipe.
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  1. 27 Ratings


I was going to submit an almost identical recipe. I don't have a steamer though so this is how I do it. I put about 1 tbs grated ginger and 2 cloves garlic in pan warm in 1 cup warm chicken br...

This recipe is as it says: easy to prepare and hard to mess up. I used this on a Japanese bass and it turned out perfectly. I was a little more generous with the soy sauce than the recipe called...

Used my electric wok with the steamer rack. Placed ingredients in a round cake pan, leaving enough room around the perimiter to allow the steam to circulate. Makes a good amount of its own jui...

I didn't have a steamer or cabbage so I took the suggestion to use chicken broth with grated ginger, garlic, pepper flakes, soy sauce but no add'l water. I used more mushrooms,('cause I love 'e...

i gave it a four cuz to me it lacks of flavour.. so the next time i tried i added some ground black pepper, sesame oil, and also some bell peppers. im not a fan of cabbages so i use carrots inst...

Nope. This did not work. There are better ways to make halibut. A lot of work for a little bit of flavor. Nice idea but I won't make again.

I made this for myself and my father tonight and we liked it a lot! And he likes fried fish but I said we have to eat healthier. He said I could make it again anytime!

I didn't have a steamer so I baked it instead. The red pepper flakes add a little kick.

This makes a very nice, light, flavorful meal. I will make often.