Steamed Cantonese Whole Fish

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as part of a multi-course meal
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      20 min

Appears in
Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen

By Katie Chin

Published 2016

  • About

When I taught a class at the Gourmandise School in Santa Monica recently, I decided to teach my students how to make my mother’s Steamed Cantonese Whole Fish recipe. Whole sea bass or red snapper is marinated in fermented black beans and classic Chinese seasonings and then steamed to perfection. Steaming is the purest way to cook fresh fish—and after making it, you’ll see why. It turns out tender and flaky, and the sweet and delicate flavor of the fish shines through. In fact, one student d