Steamed Fish

Frozen Basa fish fillets are a stable in my household, they are inexpensive, tasty, and absolutely none of that weird fishy smell that I can’t stomach. This recipe is adapted from Rasa Malaysia, my family did find it to be on the sweeter side (we have more of a savory taste when it comes to dinner), so the following will be my adjusted recipe for the next time around.


2-3 large Basa fish fillets
3-4 slices of ginger (peeled and cut into thin strips)
2 stalk scallion (cut into 2-inch length, and then cut into thin silken threads)
2 hot pepper, seeded
1 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon shaoxing wine or rice wine

Steamed Fish Soy Sauce Mixture:

4 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons shaoxing wine or rice wine
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes white pepper powder
1/2 tablespoons rock sugar (grind into powder form) or to taste


Since the fish fillets, cut in half and pat dry. Blend the soy sauce mixture in a small bowl and set aside.

Lay the fillets on a plate and drizzle 1 tablespoon shaoxing (or rice) wine on top of the fish. Top the fish with 1/2 of the cut ginger strips.

Steam them for 10-12 minutes

As soon as the fish is done steaming, transfer it out from the steamer. Discard the fish water and ginger strips. Lay the remaining ginger strips on top of the fish.

Heat up a pan over high heat and add 1 tablespoons of cooking oil, swirl around until it’s hot. Pour the hot oil over the steamed fish. Put the pan back onto the stove, toss in the hot pepper and scallions, add the soy sauce mixture and stir well. As soon as the sauce bubbles up and boils, pour the soy sauce over the fish. Voila!

Adapted from Rasa Malaysia


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Yummm I always love Chinese steamed fish, but never cooked it at home. My kids love fish and they will love this!

  2. Jeno says:

    It’s good your kids love fish, I was not a big fish eater growing up, this is why Basa fish is good since it doesn’t actually taste “fishy”. This is a super simple recipe and I hope your family will like it!

  3. This looks wonderful! I’ve bookmarkeamed it, I wanted to try steamed fish for so long and haven’t made it so far!

    1. Jeno says:

      This is one of my favorite steam fish recipe, please let me know your thoughts if you ever decide to give it a try. Looking forward to your postings!

  4. Bryan says:

    tonite was my first time ever trying Basa,let alone cooking it. I did a google search for recipes,I found this one. Fantastic! Soooo easy, so yummy, I am already planning our next Basa meal,and thinking of ways to put my own spin on this recipe…Thank you so very much

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Bryan, thank you so much for visiting and trying the recipe. This is one of my most favorite way to cook fish also, and don’t you agree basa is the right combination with the ingredients? Have a great weekend!

  5. novia says:

    thanks for the recipe! i was always confused as to how basa should be cooked xD it’s cheap and tasty. tried this today,it was quick,easy,and most importantly delicious! thank you!

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you for your comment Novia, I believe there are a few more basa recipes on the site, hopefully you will give them a try also!

  6. Amy says:

    This is my second time making it. The fam loves it and I think it tastes just like the restaurants but better. 🙂 Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Amy for testing out the recipe, my family and I really enjoy this dish also! In fact I just recently made it for Chinese New Year!

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