Steamed salmon in the microwave

Steamed salmon in the microwave

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Takes 20-30 minutes


Serves 6
Try a Chinese New Year feast with steamed fish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal167
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 450g fillets of salmon or firm white fish, such as cod



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 1½ tbsp finely shredded fresh root ginger
  • 3 tbsp finely shredded spring onions
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tbsp light 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…

  • 2 tsp dark 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 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • handful of fresh coriander sprigs, to garnish


  1. Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper then cut into very big pieces. Put in a heatproof dish and evenly scatter with the ginger. Wrap tightly in cling film. Can be prepared to here up to 2-3 hours ahead, chill. Put the plate of fish into the microwave and cook for 3-5 minutes (depending on its thickness and how you like your fish cooked) on full power.

  2. Remove the plate of cooked fish. Wait one minute and pour off any excess liquid that may have accumulated on the plate, then scatter the spring onions on the fish, together with the light and dark soy sauces.

  3. Heat the two oils together in a small saucepan until very hot, then pour over the top of the fish. Scatter with a handful of coriander sprigs and serve at once.

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3rd Jan, 2013
Excellent. Very quick, very tasty. Just remember not to rub your face after chopping the chillies!
26th Jul, 2012
I took notice of the above comments and added more ginger. In addition to the spring onion I added some cooked french beans and instead of the groundnut oil I added a little balsamic vinegar. I will cook it again - delicious
8th Feb, 2011
Silly question, but do you microwave the salmon IN the cling film?! Is that how it's steamed?
10th Jan, 2009
I was a bit disappointed by this recipe, it wasnt very flavoursome so I think maybe more ginger might be the way to go.. I was impressed by the microwave steaming method though!
13th Apr, 2008
I have cooked this many times especially Chinese New year and it always goes down a treat
1st Jan, 2008
i cook a very similar recipe to this-an addition i make is to add a small amount of honey, and also more ginger as i love it! I used to cook it in a parcel in oven but find microwaving even more delicious
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