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steam Chinese golden pomfret fish

Steamed Fish

Steamed whole fish is a traditional Chinese dish. Most of authentic Chinese restaurants serve steamed whole fish as well. In Chinese culture, a whole fish with head and tail is a tradition and they believe in good luck.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 241kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1 Pomfret fish (Golden pomfret fish)
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fermented black beans
  • 8 slices Ginger
  • 4 sticks Green onion
  • teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetables oil


  • First, cut 4 sticks of green onion into strips. 
  • Then, cut 8 slices of ginger into strips.
  • After that, minced 4 cloves of garlic.
  • The following, clean the fish, cut the belly clean out guts and gill.
  • Sprinkle ⅛ teaspoon salt and put some ginger strips into the belly and top of the fish. 
  • Next, put the minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of fermented black beans (rinse the black beans) on top of the fish. 
  • Steam it for 12-15 minuets depends on the size of the fish. (Wait until water boilings and start the timer.)
  • When the fish is done, lay the green onion strips of top of the fish. 
  • Heat up  2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan. (Remember the oil needs to be hot, use a wooden chopstick to check. If you see bubbles around the chopsticks that means the oil is hot enough.)
  • Pour the hot oil over the green onion and add 2 tablespoons soy sauce over the fish. 



Cooking tips for a steamed whole fish: 

  • Clean fish, cut belly and remove gill and guts.
  • Put ginger into fish belly and on top. Ginger helps to remove the smell.
  • When water is boiling put the fish in and steam for 10-15 minutes depends on how big is the fish.



Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg