April 14, 2021 2 min read 0 Comments

I love making dishes that are nutritious, delicious, simple to make and light on the wallet where possible.  This Simply Delicious Asian Steam Fish is one of them.

Simply Delicious Asian Steam Fish

This dish is super simple to make.  It can easily cost over $30 if you ordered it at Chinese restaurants.  If you made it at home, it will only cost more or less as much as the fish itself (in this case, $11.15) and the best part is, it only takes 6 ½ minutes to make ..... in the microwave!

For this dish, you can use all sorts of fish such as flounder, pickerel, bass or tilapia.  Today, we'll use turbot.  The texture and look is very similar to flounders and the meat is silky and tender.

All you need are as follows:

1 turbot (this one is around 1.6 lbs)

4 sprigs of sliced onions around 4" long (I prefer to slice them sideways, it looks prettier that way)

2 sprigs of cilantro chopped into 4" long

4 slices of ginger, thinly sliced

1 TB cooking oil

1 TB salt

1 TB sweet soy sauce (if you don't have that, you can always use 1TB soy sauce with 1TB sugar)

Sweet Soy Sauce for Asian Steam Fish

1 TB Shao Hsing Cooking Wine

Shao Hsing Cooking Wine


You can purchase this in the freezer section of Asian super markets or you can buy the live fish as well.

Turbo fish for Asian Style Steamed Whole Fish

Run it under cold water to wash and pat to dry with paper towel.  Make deep slices in the fish a few inches apart:

Chinese Restaurant Style Steamed whole fishSalt inside, out and in between the cuts you just made.  Make sure you salt well to ensure full flavour:

How to make Asian style steam whole fish

Repeat again on the other side of the fish.

Chinese Steam Whole Fish Restaurant Style

Add ginger and cooking wine:

How To make Chinese Steam Fish

Cover the fish with a plastic lid or else it will make a huge mess in the microwave!

How To Make Steam Fish in the Microwave

This fish is around 1.6 pounds so you'll need to set the microwave on high for 6 ½ minutes.  Steam fish is cooked perfectly when the flesh is just cooked to the bone - it easily flakes off.  If it's dry that means it's over cooked and if the flesh is stuck on the bones, that means it's undercooked.  Every microwave is different so I would suggest when making it for the first time, set your microwave to cook at a shorter time to start and put it back to cook longer as needed.

Super Simple Microwave Asian Steam Fish

Meanwhile, heat oil on medium low heat until hot:

Simply Yummy Chinese Steam Fish

and slice green onions and cilantro:

How to make super easy chinese steam fish in the microwave

Once the fish is done, take it out of the microwave and throw away any liquid that you see in the dish as a result of "steaming" in the microwave since this will make the dish taste too fishy.  Add sweet soy sauce:

Simply Delicious Microwave Steam Whole Fish

sprinkle green onions and cilantro on top.  Finally add the hot oil which will release the flavour of the aromatics into the flesh of the fish making it so yummy:

How to make super simple microwave steam whole fish

All done! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Simply Delicious Asian Steam Fish

'Till next time,

xox Lily.