Chinese-Style Steamed Fish


This is a basic and common Chinese recipe for steamed fish. My father taught me how to make this; it is easy to prepare, hard to mess up, and very versatile. Serve over white rice, using some of the sauce mixture from the steaming bowl.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds halibut, cut into 4 pieces

  • 3 green onions, cut into 3 inch lengths

  • 2 fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 6 leaves napa cabbage, sliced into 4 inch pieces

  • 2 slices fresh ginger root, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • cup water

  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste

  • fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish


  1. Arrange 1/2 of the green onions on the bottom of the steaming bowl (it is important to steam in a container in order to retain the steam and juices around the fish). Place 1/2 of the mushrooms and Napa cabbage sections on top of the onions. Place fish on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes over fish. Top with the remaining green onions, mushrooms, and napa cabbage. Drizzle soy sauce and water over everything.

  2. Place steam bowl in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.


Halibut, cod, or any firm-fleshed white fish will work for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

216 Calories
4g Fat
5g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 216
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 636mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 131mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 1035mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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