Delicious Steamed Fish (Pomfret, Garoupa, Cod Steaks) – “Nin Nin Yau Yue” or “Abundance Every Year”


 Steamed White Pomfret

Good evening, dear friends 😀

This steamed fish is a favourite dish with my family and it goes very well with white rice, or on its own. It is often served at wedding banquets, on festivals or simply as a dish for dinner. 😉

It is important to cook this just before you sit down to have dinner because the fish will taste best when it is served right after cooking. You can use whole fish or steaks, but usually pomfrets and garoupas are favourites when cooked this way. The cooking time will vary according to the size of your fish and you will have to learn from trial and error from your experience.

Steamed White Pomfret

Ingredients –

1 white pomfret – about 500 gms

1-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1/2 tsp salt and dash of white pepper

3 tbsps soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp sugar

3 tbsps hot water

1 tsp sesame oil

3 tbsps fried shallot or garlic oil (RECIPE HERE)

dash of white pepper

Coriander and Green Onion leaves for garnishing

Method –

1) Remove entrails and gills from fish, rinse well to clean fish and pat dry with paper kitchen towels. Place in a heatproof deep dish.

2) Marinate fish with the teaspoon of salt and dash of pepper.

3) Arrange the ginger slices on top and below fish.

4) Mix the 1 teaspoon in hot water and then stir in the oyster and soy sauce. Pour over the fish.

5) Bring water to boil over high heat in a wok or steamer, and steam fish for 15 minutes.

6) Remove the dish, pour the fried shallot or garlic oil and sesame oil over the fish. Put a few shakes of white pepper and garnish before serving immediately.

Bon Appetit! 😀


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    KY said,

    Thanks for another nice recipe. I steamed a white tilapia and it wasn’t enough for my family! I will reduce the shallot/garlic oil next time though, it made the sauce rather oily.


    • 2

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are most welcome, dear KY. I’m glad you like this recipe, too. Yes, you can reduce the amount of aromatic oil there. Heheh, my children like more oil whereas I prefer lesser. 😆

      Happy Cooking!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


  2. 3

    Sandy said,

    Dear choesf,

    Yes this is always a favourite for my family, 11 yrs daughter ;D

    I used to steam fish this way too.. until lately I was told by my parent and a KL fren a better method (the restaurant’s method) ;p

    Sauce – steam fish soy sauce 10ml + oil 5ml + shao xing wine 15ml + black vinegar 5ml (optional)

    1. Clean and dry the fish.
    2. Lay some spring onion on the plate, put the fish on it, put some shredded ginger and steam it (timing depend on the size of fish, care should be taken not to over cook).
    3. Pour away the fish sauce, ginger and spring onion, this is to get rid of the smell.
    4. Heat up the prepared sauce and pour over the steaming hot fish with shredded spring onions.

    We love it ‘cos its so fresh and tasty 😀

    Enjoy & cheers!


    • 4

      KY said,

      My mum does it Sandy’s way too but I find it troublesome. I think if the fish is really fresh there won’t be much smell. My fish was swimming when I bought it and there was no fishy smell at all. 🙂 I think the oyster sauce and soy sauce also covers the smell if there were any. I also put spring onions beneath the fish.


      • 5

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there, dear KY 😀

        I learned the technique in the recipe here from late my mother-in-law – her method was even more unique – she would add thin, long strips of pork with a little bit of fat (almost like julienne strips) and sliced mushrooms and add the rest of the ingredients like I had here and steamed the fish. Very tasty, too…. 💡

        Do have a lovely weekend!

        With best wishes,

        choesf 😀


    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Sandy 😀

      Ah, so that’s how they do it at the restaurants! 💡 Thank you for giving me the recipe. My eldest daughter loves steamed fish the restaurant way and we always order this for her at when we eat at restaurants or at the “tai chow” stalls. I shall try this method out the next time. 😉

      Happy Cooking!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


  3. 7

    AwzaJay said,

    easy recipe for my reference this afternoon


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