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Steam Whole Tilapia with Ginger and Scallion In 5 Minutes

One of my favourite steam fish is tilapia. I like to steam the fish if it's fresh coz I can enjoy tasting the freshness of the fish with simple soy sauce and all the herbs like ginger,garlic,cilantro and scallion. Years ago I learned this simple steam technique from a good friend of mine who told me to use microwave instead of wok and it's cover over direct fire on a stove.It's really a hassle to steam a fish using all those equipments,right? Microwave is the greatest creation and investment that god send to us! Believe me! I can steam a 2 pound fresh whole tilapia in 5 minutes not 30 minutes or more.We all know steaming foods in wok takes times like waiting for the water in the wok to heat up or boil before the food can be cooked .Believe me it's really easy ,clean and simple to steam fish in microwaves! Furthermore steaming fish is more healthier than deep fry !


1 whole tilapia,about 2 lbs,clean ,remove scales and entrails

1 stalk scallion ,clean and cut

1 stalk cilantro,clean and cut

3 cloves garlic,peel and sliced

2 inch ginger,peel and sliced

2-3 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp sesame oil* optional*


1: Clean and wash tilapia .Remove scales by scraping the fish and make a cut from the gills to the vent. Remove the entrails with your fingers and check the cavity carefully to make sure everything been removed ( I request fish seller to clean for me ).

2:Prepare and cut all herbs ,set aside.Lay the clean whole fish on a large plate and top with all the cut herbs.Cover the whole fish with a cling wrapping film tightly and use tip knife to poke 2 holes on it as the vents.

3:Cook the whole fish in microwaves at high for 3 minutes first.Again it's depend on the weight of your fish,how long the fish should cook.Check the fish with a chopstick or bamboo stick.If you can pierce with chopstick or bamboo stick all the way through in the fish center ,that mean it's cooked,if it's not cook ,microwave for another 1 minute or more. If you have higher watts power microwave,3-5 minutes will do for 2 pound fish.

4:In the meantime heat skillet at high heat,add oil and soy sauce into it.Removed cooked fish from microwaves.Quickly removed the cling wrapping film and pour the hot oil and soy sauce over the cooked fish.Drizzling sesame oil on the top.Serve hot or warm with rice.


You can use boneless fish fillets instead of whole fish if you're not use to eat fish in bone .The reason I heat up oil and soy sauce in hot skillet first before pour over the fish it to make the steam fish texture look good and it's flavour taste better!



Anonymous said...
January 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM

This is new, using the microwave for steam fish! Will have a go at it one day! Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...
January 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM

How cool! But you forgot to write down the method. How lah? Do I need to cover the fish to steam or not?

I only know how to use the microwave to heat food, so you have to teach me how.

Anonymous said...
January 11, 2009 at 5:42 PM

you must try this method ,it's really easy and less messy!

Did you "click to read here more" at the bottom of my post?.you can see the extended summary post if you click it..try this method,it's easy and simple,no cleaning and waiting! I love it!

Anonymous said...
January 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Thanks, I forgot to click it. :P

Anonymous said...
January 13, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Look at the pile of garnishes on the fish? How can it be not tasty ?

WannaBe said...
May 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I tried your method to steam the fish and it was sooo hassle free! Thanks for the tip!!!

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