Thai-style steamed fish

Thai-style steamed fish

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
Serve with Thai jasmine rice for a flavour-packed low-fat meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal199
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein29g
  • salt3.25g
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  • 2 trout fillets, each weighing about 140g/5oz



    Freshwater trout: 

    Farmed rainbow trout has pretty, spotty skin…

  • a small knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small red chilli (not bird's eye), seeded and finely chopped



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • grated zest and juice of 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 3 baby pak choi, each quartered lengthways
    Pak choi

    Pak choi


    This member of the cabbage family has a number of different names, including bok choy, horse…

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…


  1. Nestle the fish fillets side by side on a large square of foil and scatter the ginger, garlic, chilli and lime zest over them. Drizzle the lime juice on top and then scatter the pieces of pak choi around and on top of the fish. Pour the soy sauce over the pak choi and loosely seal the foil to make a package, making sure you leave space at the top for the steam to circulate as the fish cooks.

  2. Steam for 15 minutes. (If you haven’t got a steamer, put the parcel on a heatproof plate over a pan of gently simmering water, cover with a lid and steam.)

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Comments (166)

malcoogan's picture

Totally delicious, simple, and so tasty. Will definitely keep this as my sure favorite.

dopeyangel's picture

Tried this with salmon instead - absolutely lovely. Also - wrapped up in foil and baked in the oven instead as found steaming a bit tricky. Worked really well.

chocolateaddict's picture

This is simply fabulous! So easy to make and yet so effective - fragrant flavours, melt in your mouth fish. Make sure you drizzle the juice from steaming the fish over the rice and be generous with the sesame seeds. Will definitely make this again!

sumooky's picture

A great tasting dish which was also quick and easy to make.

simoneserpa's picture

Simple to make and delicious!

aheffron's picture

I've cooked this recipe several times now. As lots of people have pointed out it works beautifully with different types of fish. Seabass is my favourite! I think it is worth steaming the dish rather than baking, if you have the space, as it seems to leave more of the lime and soy broth.
Strangely, the first time I cooked this the pak choi was lovely but ever since then 15 minutes has proved far too long for the delicate leaves. I now add the greens closer to the end of cooking and they are perfect. Asparagus and mange tout also work well.
The recipe is so quick, easy and tasty!

lulujersey's picture

Had to use cod as my local fishmonger didnt have trout !! Wasnt that impressed to be honest..but then again I dont like fish curry so maybe its just me as clearly everyone else loved it !!

donnalovescheese's picture

Gorgeous, quick and healthy. I don't have a steamer so I put the parcels on a baking tray in the oven and it worked perfectly.

rachnorman's picture

Really easy and quick for a week night - tasty with some spicy cous cous and green salad!

littleegg's picture

One of my very favorites...even better with salmon rather than trout!

thynk2much's picture

This is one of our favourite quick light dinners - I usually make it with salmon though (which is bliss) and following suggestions here I (a) double the garlic (b) add asparagus (c) use cabbage if I can't find pak choy (d) use a dash more soy sauce (e) definitely always add spring onions, about 75% in the packet and the remainder as a garnish at serving. Absolutely love this.

trenethick's picture

Lovely flavour.I used sea bass fillets.I cooked them in the varoma using my Thermomix,with mixed veggies above in the varoma tray.Cook varoma,speed 3,20 minutes.Will make again.

kahosk's picture

ok, maybe I'm missing something obvious, but can anyone tell me how to cook Jasmine rice?

suborbitcom's picture

Extremely easy to make and unbelievably tasty. I really didn't think such a simple list of ingredients would have come out that nice.

khush1's picture

I don't eat fish but made this for my boyfriend and he loved it!

aimeegreen's picture

Really Really good dish. The flavours were amazing and it was so simple to make. I'm a cooking beginner and this has given me a lot of confidence!

cookingkiwi's picture

easy, tasty, quick, healthy ... big thumbs up

lauramarie's picture

This is a lovely recipe. I used rainbow trout with herb and lime rice which makes a nice alternative. Will make again and again.

carolpwilson's picture

Quick and easy to prepare and very tasty. What more could yoou want?! It has become a firm favourite with us. Sounds as if it's good with salmon as well so will try that next time.

eimears's picture

really really good. simple, healthy and tasty.


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