How to Steam Tilapia Fish

by LuanneG

The bamboo steamer is a common cooking item among Chinese chefs.

steamin! Asian steamer image by isatori from Fotolia.com

Items you will need

  • Bamboo steamer
  • Large pot
  • 1 tilapia fillet
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced gingerroot
  • Parchment paper
  • 1/4 cup thinly chopped garlic
  • 1 stalk of a green onion, 1 inch
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Chinese wine
  • 1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 8 dried chillies
  • 12 to 13 cups water
  • Parchment paper

Fish is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. According to Maxine Hayes, Washington State Health Officer, eating fish can benefit your health. The American Heart Association suggests at least two portions of fish per week to assist in the prevention of heart disease, to lower blood pressure and to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Steaming is one of the more nutritious ways to cook fish, mainly because you don't add any extra fat in the process. Try steamed tilapia fillets, which are packed with protein as part of a healthy meal.

Step 1

Clean the fish fillet thoroughly with cold water. If you plan to eat the skin, descale the fillet.

Step 2

Cut three diagonal slits partway through the fillet.

Step 3

Salt the fish evenly all over. Make sure not to miss the top and areas inside the cuts.

Step 4

Place ginger slices into the slits on the fillet.

Step 5

Sprinkle some onions and garlic onto the parchment paper. Place the fish over the onions and garlic, and place it into the steamer.

Step 6

Pour the cooking wine along with the remaining ingredients on top of and around the fish to make a sauce. Fold the sides of the parchment paper up to prevent leakage.

Step 7

Boil some water. Once it’s boiling, steam the fish for 20 to 30 minutes.

Photo Credits

  • steamin! Asian steamer image by isatori from Fotolia.com