Chili Soy Sauce Steamed Fish

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A lot of people want to know where to find the best healthy fish recipes and the following one is great if you are looking for a low-fat dinner. The fish is steamed gently with bok choy and then served with a homemade chili soy sauce. You will need a steamer for making this recipe but if you enjoy easy fish recipes you will find that there are plenty of recipes for steamed fish that you can use your steamer for.

Use any kind of whitefish filets you like for this recipe. Chilean sea bass and halibut are especially good but there are also cheaper options like tilapia or red snapper which are very nice too. You can even steam a whole fish for this recipe. If you want to do that, begin with a gutted, cleaned fish and bear in mind it might take up to half an hour to cook, even if it is not that big. The chili soy sauce is made with garlic, chili, ginger, and more. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you want. The semi-sweet flavor of the sauce is beautiful with the savory bok choy and fish flavors and this is an elegant dish if you take care to make the presentation good.

Steaming is an alternative to baking, pan-frying, deep-frying, grilling, baking, poaching, and roasting and it is ideal for delicate fish filets that would fall to pieces on the grill. Poaching is another example of a good cooking technique for such fish because there is no need to flip it over. This flavorful recipe can be served with white rice on the side. Jasmine rice would be nice with this steamed whitefish recipe.

How to Steam Fish Like a Pro


  • 8 oz white fish fillets (sea bass, cod, halibut, red snapper, or tilapia are all good)
  • ½ cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced ginger
  • ⅓ bok choy, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Cut the fish filets into serving portions and season them with salt and black pepper.
  2. Line a steamer with parchment paper and put the filets in there.
  3. Put the bok choy on top of the fish.
  4. Cover and steam for 12 minutes or until the fish is done.
  5. Bring the water, chili powder, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and sugar to a boil in a small pan.
  6. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  7. Arrange the fish and bok choy on serving plates and pour the chili sauce over the top.
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