Asian Style Steamed Sea Bream

We love a good seafood dish at home...

and we love sea bream. It is a delicious fish, a versatile one. You can do so much to it. It is good for steaming, frying, and grilling. It is also an elegant looking fish to serve during gatherings.

What I'm going to share with you today is this Asian Style Steamed Sea Bream.
Ask your fishmonger to clean the fish for you. I know how to prepare fish for cooking but in supermarkets in Dubai, even the small ones, they clean it up for you without an extra cost.

For this recipe, I bought a kilo of sea bream or 2 large ones. I ask them to remove the guts, scales, and fins except for the tail and I made a diagonal slit across the fish.

This is a very simple seafood recipe really and does not require so many ingredients.

You'll need:

1 kilo of sea bream or 2 large fish

thumb size ginger minced

1 lime

4 stalks of spring onions chopped

a handful of parsley chopped

2 tbsp of Mama Sita's less sodium oyster sauce plus 1 tbsp soy sauce

1 red chili chopped

2 tbsp sesame oil

salt and pepper to taste


Salt the fish on both sides and a little on the inside

In a bowl, mix chopped ginger, parsley, spring onion and chili and fill each fish

Slice the lime and squeeze the juice into the fish inside and out

You can also rub some of the fillings on the outside like so for added flavor

Mix Mama Sita's less sodium oyster sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl.

Place the fish in foil or banana leaves. Drizzle the oyster sauce  and soy mixture on top of the fish, fold the foil into a pouch (they call it en papillote in French)

The photo below was taken when I first cook this dish and I find it hard to remove the fish from the steamer breaking the fins so it is better to wrap the fish.

Fill the steamer with enough water, cover the steamer and steam the fish for 20 minutes or until it is done.

Take some of the fish juices at the bottom of the steamer and put it on a plate. Transfer the fish to the same plate, garnish with some of the remaining fresh vegetable fillings on top and drizzle with some sesame oil.

Serve with a slice of lime. Enjoy!

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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