Recipe: Steamed Herbal Fish (药材蒸鱼)

As a family, we love fish and every now and then you will see a fish dish on our dinner table. If you are like us, check out some of our other fish recipes on our website.

I think steamed fish is the best way to savour the freshness, tenderness and silky texture of the fish. This Steamed Herbal Fish is no exception. Moreover, it is enhanced by the herbal gravy and with almost 0% fat in this dish!! Those who are watching their waistline will welcome this dish. Hahaha. Hence, I would classify this dish as a healthy dish, as the herbal infused gravy helps to replenish the nutrients to our bodies without compromising on the taste. Wait no more and let’s start eating healthier!

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Serves 4 persons


2–3 slices of the freshest fish fillets (snapper or grouper)

300ml homemade stock/water

1 tablespoon Chinese Cooking Wine

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste



10 slices Yu Zhu (Solomon’s Seal Rhizome)

4 Hong Zao (Red Dates)

3 pieces Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

3 pieces Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosulae)

1 tablespoon Gou Qi Zi (Wolfberries)


  1. On medium heat, combine the herbs and the homemade stock in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, turn it to low heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add some salt to taste.
  3. Rinse the fish fillets then pat dry.
  4. Season the fish with some salt and pepper. Then place them in a flat-based bowl.
  5. Prepare a steamer and let the water boil.
  6. Pour the herbal sauce over the fish. Then steam on high heat for 8 to 10 minutes or till the fish is cooked through.
  7. Remove the fish from the steamer. Drizzle with Shaoxing wine, and sprinkle some chopped spring onions and some wolfberries over the fish. Serve immediately.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Recipe: Steamed Herbal Fish (药材蒸鱼)

  1. Loh Suet Lan says:

    This herbal steamed fish is easy and simple to prepare. I like it. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for sharing! We’re glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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