Basic Steamed Fish

Title: Basic Steamed Fish
Categories: Fish
Yield: 1 Servings

Fish; about 1/2 pound per
Shredded scallions and
-chinese parsley for garnish
Topping; see “Steamed Fish
-Topping Mixtures” for list
-of ingredients

1. Have fish cleaned and scaled, but left whole. Rinse in cold water. Dry
well with paper toweling; then rub lightly with salt, inside and out. Place
in a shallow heatproof dish. (If fish is too large, cut it in two.)

2. Prepare any of the topping mixtures (see “Steamed Fish Topping
Mixtures”) and spread over fish.

3. Steam until done (see “How-to Section”). (Allow about 30 minutes for a
2-1/2 pound fish; 20 minutes for a 1-1/2 pound fish; 15 minutes for a
3/4-inch thick fish steak; and 7 to 10 minutes for a thinly sliced or

4. Garnish fish with shredded scallions and Chinese parsley. Serve
immediately. VARIATIONS:

1. In step 3, during the last 10 minutes of steaming, top whole fish with
several clams in their shells (scrub them clean first). The shells will
open when steamed.

2. In step 3, steam 2 cakes of bean curd, sliced or cubed, with the fish.

3. Steam the fish, topped only with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 slices fresh
ginger root and 1 scallion, both shredded. Then heat 1/4 cup peanut oil to
smoking and pour over fish. Sprinkle immediately with 3 tablespoons soy
sauce and serve at once, garnished with shredded scallion.

4. Steam the fish, topped with a mixture of 2 tablespoons sherry, 1/2
teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon ginger juice. Then serve with a Five Willow or
sweet-and-pungent sauce poured over (see “Sweet-and-Pungent Sauce”

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