Recipe: Steamed Fish with Ginger Puree/Paste (姜茸蒸鱼)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I go to the market not knowing what to cook. The other day was such a day. I went to the market to see what fresh ingredients were available so that I would have ideas on what to cook. Lo and behold while browsing through the fish stall in the market, I saw this fresh red looking fish (red snapper) staring at me and immediately I decided to make this steamed fish with ginger puree/paste for dinner.

Not sure if you realised that my fish was butterflied wrongly, it wasn’t me but my fishmonger’s new apprentice; she sliced the fish upside down and so now my fish looked weird. 🙁 Never mind about that… The outcome of the steamed fish was just beyond description. The fish meat was tender and the topping of the ginger puree/paste was an additional bonus to this dish. So glad to meet you Mr Fish!!

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Serves 2-3 persons


600g red snapper (or any fish of your liking)

1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

10 slices ginger

A pair of wooden chopsticks


For Ginger puree / paste:

5″ ginger, skin removed and roughly sliced into smaller pieces for smoother blending/pounding


For Seasoning Sauce:

5 cloves garlic, minced

4 tablespoons light soy sauce

2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine

4 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons sesame oil

½ teaspoon white pepper powder

1 tablespoon rock sugar (crushed) or to taste

3 tablespoons cooking oil


For Garnishing:

2 stalks spring onion (green parts only), julienned

A handful cilantro leaves, roughly chopped



Preparation of the Ginger puree/paste sauce:

  1. Cut the ginger into small slices.

  2. Put in the blender with some water added slowly to help in the blending. Blend until the mixture appears smooth and fine in texture. Set aside.
  3. Mix the ingredients for the seasoning in a small bowl except the minced garlic. Set aside.
  4. While the fish is halfway steaming in Step 13, heat up the oil in a saucepan on medium low.
  5. Add in the minced garlic and fry till fragrant.
  6. Add in the ginger puree and continue to fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Add in the seasoning sauce and stir till rock sugar has dissolved. Keep it hot.

Preparing the Fish for steaming:

  1. Clean the fish properly. (Remove scales, guts, gills, etc.)
  2. Cut along the spine, from head to tail and loosen the fillet on each side of the fish. (The fishmonger has helped me with steps 1 & 2).
  3. Put two wooden chopsticks on the plate and place the fish on top.
  4. Put the sliced ginger on top of the fish.
  5. Heat up the water in the wok and bring it to boil.
  6. As soon as water boils, place the fish inside the wok and cover wok tightly and steam it for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. As soon as the fish is done steaming, transfer it out from the wok.
  8. Remove the wooden chopsticks, discard the fish water and ginger slices.
  9. Pour the hot ginger puree/paste sauce over the fish.
  10. Garnish with the spring onions and cilantro and serve immediately.

Enjoy!  🙂

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

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