Cocina Caliente: Steamed Fish in Light Soy Recipe

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Coming up with healthy dishes that my family would enjoy could be challenging, especially when frying food is just way simpler to do.  Thankfully this dish was a success!

Steamed Fish in Light Soy

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chinese cooking, fish, healthy, steamed
Author: Penny Angeles-Tan


  • chopping board
  • knife
  • steamer
  • pan



  • 2 pieces fish fillet Dory is a good option
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp ginger, julienned
  • 8 stalks spring onion, julienned


  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 pieces kalamansi juice and remove the seeds


  • Dry the fish fillet with a kitchen towel then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Peel and slice the ginger in julienne slices Cut and slice the spring onions into julienne slices as well.
  • Prep the streamer by making sure there is water underneath and the rack or steamer cover does not touch the water. Turn on the stove and bring the water in the steamer to a boil.
  • Take your steaming pan and put half the ginger and half the spring onion at the bottom. Put the seasoned fish on top then place the remaining ginger and spring onion on top of that.
  • Place the steaming pan in the steamer and steam the fish for 10 minutes. You will know that the fish is done cooking when it turns from translucent to white.
  • Once cooked, take the fish out carefully without breaking it and place it on a serving plate.
  • Take out a pan and put together the light soy, the brown sugar, sesame oil, and juice of the kalamansi. Place the stove on low heat to melt and mix the sauce. Once the sauce is ready pour it on the fish.
  • Your dish is ready to serve.

Penny Angeles-Tan
Penny wears many hats. She is an educator, writer, editor, blogger, social media manager, web developer, and enthusiastic home baker and cook. As an educator she teaches multimedia and web development in both the senior high and college level. On the side she writes and edits textbooks, writes AVP scripts, manages clients’ social media accounts, designs websites for clients, and writes on her lifestyle blogs about family, health, pets, and cooking. At home she is the resident “chef” and enjoys trying out simple to complicated recipes every day for her family to enjoy from available ingredients – baked, fried, steamed, stewed, grilled, broiled – she likes to do them all. Making dishes from scratch is something she loves to do. She also likes experimenting and creating new dishes by building on ready to eat dishes that can be bought at supermarkets and groceries.

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