Chinese steamed bass with cabbage

Chinese steamed bass with cabbage

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2

Try this flavour-packed, low-fat fish dish, perfect as a mid-week meal. It's full of omega 3 and counts as 1 of your 5-a-day.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal188
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.74g
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  • 2 sea bass, or other white fish fillets
  • 1 green or red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh root ginger



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

  • 300g green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp low salt 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. Sprinkle the fish with the chilli, ginger and a little salt. Steam the cabbage for 5 mins. Lay fish on top of the cabbage and steam for a further 5 mins until cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oils in a small pan, add the garlic and quickly cook, stirring until lightly browned. Transfer the cabbage and fish to serving plates, sprinkle each with 1 tsp of soy sauce, then pour over the garlicky oil.

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Hanszinderfaan's picture
4th Apr, 2019
Made this about a month ago and it was so good I decided it was time to do another. Last time I used a fresh chilli but felt that it had little impact on the taste. This time I used chillis (two small) which I had previously frozen from fresh and put the chopped chillis, chopped ginger and garlic in the oil mixture which I then cooked and put aside until the fish was steamed then spooned it over the fish after the soy sauce. I only used one teaspoon of soy sauce between the two rather one each. The result was much tastier.
dave6376's picture
15th Feb, 2019
Excellent, easy recipe. I used Savoy cabbage and chopped it in a food processor which was a lot quicker than doing it by hand. My steamer is only big enough to take the cabbage so I made the fish into a foil parcel and cooked it in a fan oven for about 8 minutes at 180C.
21st Jul, 2015
Any ideas on what to use to bulk this out for a main meal - not carbs if possible?
7th Feb, 2016
Cauliflower rice ie cauliflower grated or put through a food processor until it is the size of rice or couscous. Don't go too far or it will be mush. You could make noodles from a vegetable with a spiralizer or a potato peeler.
17th Dec, 2013
Very easy and healthy!
11th Aug, 2012
Yummy and did with cod too!
24th Mar, 2011
I loved, but husband disliked (hence on the fence rating) so probably won't rush to make again unless I want a virtuous solo supper. Used haddock fillets as had them in the freezer.
8th Apr, 2010
The recipe below is much easier and much more delicous
4th Nov, 2008
Delicious! Lovely, quick med week meal. Chillis just add a kick, not hot as long as you take the seeks out.
18th Aug, 2008
can someone advise if the chillies are just for a kick or if this is a HOT dish? looks yummy but dont eat HOT SPICEY food


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