Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Steamed Fish With Black Bean Sauce 豆豉蒸魚

This is another wonderful way of cooking fish; no frying, no oily kitchen and always very popular with the tummies. It is possible to get ready made black bean sauce in jars these days but it is so much more satisfying to prepare your own sauce without any harmful preservatives at home. It might look quite similar to my last steamed fish dish (Steamed rockling with hot and spicy bean sauce) but it tastes completely different and just as delicious!
P.S a bag of fermented black beans costs less than $2 compared to a $5 jar, you do the maths!

serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
600 g of rockling or other white fish
2 spring onions, julienne
1 red chili, julienne
1/2 cup of coriander leaves

for the sauce;
3 tbs of fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbs of sugar
2 tbs of light soy
1 tsp of sesame oil
1/3 cup of stock
1/3 cup of Chinese cooking wine
1 shallot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
5 cm knob of ginger, chopped
2 bird chilies, chopped

Chop the aromatics.

Mash black beans with the back of a spoon then add in seasonings and stock.

Saute chopped ingredients with a little oil for about a minute.

Add black bean sauce mixture and continue to cook til syrupy. Mix in cooking wine.

Place fish fillets in a shallow bowl that would fit in your wok or steamer. Fill wok with boiling water and steam fish on high heat for 10 minutes. Check doneness after 8 minutes.

Remove fish from the steamer and garnish with spring onions, chili and coriander leaves.

Serve immediately with plenty of steamed rice.


  1. I'm not normally a fish person but this looks yummy :0)

  2. I always have a jar of LKK black bean sauce in my fridge. I must try making my own, your dish looks fantastic!

  3. Harriet from CarltonJune 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Love it! I have tried your Cantonese steamed fish and this is going to be next!

  4. Wow! Looks Amazing!!! I'm sure it tasted absolutely delicious, too! Have to bookmark this for next week! Yummy!

  5. Cor! Do you do take-out?.....I'll collect honest..


  6. That is so good. I miss having steamed fish. Must make seafood and fish dishes this long weekend.

  7. Hi are you?hmmm recipe kegemaran kami sekeluarga:)

  8. Give me a plate of steamed fish like this anytime! I have never tried using whole beans before, might be time to ditch the ready made sauce!

  9. This sure looks good with the delicious sauce and toppings. I must try to eat more steamed fish too!

  10. I love your perfect presentation yaar. wonderful recipe with awesome clicks.

  11. hi tummmy..another delicious fish dish..tengok pada topping and saucenya sudah nampak're such a good cook..your other two tummies are very lucky to have you..everyday makan sedap..

  12. Steamed fish sounds perfectly delicate and the black bean sauce is awesome!

  13. Wow what a great plate of steamed fish you have there. There are 2 things I must do. First to start using rockling and secondly to make my own black bean sauce.

  14. hehee...what a coincidence! I just steamed cod fish with black bean sauce today ;DD

  15. wow another fab dish from your kitchen what times dinnner!

  16. Black beans sauce sounds fantastic!
    Missed your great pics and recipes.
    Big hugs!
    B xxx

  17. Feel like grabbing that bowl..very interesting dish..

  18. Sounds interesting and healthy dear!!

  19. Mmm....looks very delicious. Suresh, are you sure that's for 4 persons?Looks like I can eat all :D

  20. What a delicious looking meal. I have only recently begun to steam fish. I finally have the timing correct but I'm still working on seasoning. I think your recipe will help me get it right. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  21. Your dish looks so good, I think I need to get some fish for dinner!

  22. Very good steamed fish my friend. I have a whole snapper and I might do the same.

  23. We always have a jar of LKK too :) I am going to try making our own from now on, that is a very big saving! The dish looks good!

  24. Delicious! I like all you fish dishes!

  25. A sauce that definitely ups the fish by heights ;)

  26. We just bought a new wok so it is perfect for steaming fish! I will certainly have more rice with this.

    Sophia xxx

  27. Eternally Distracted,
    Thank you very much!

    love to eat ,
    Thank you! It is much cheaper and tastier to make your own!

    Thank you! Please do!

    Tricia ,
    Thank you very much!

    Unfortunately no lol xx

    Thank you! I am looking forward to a lot of cooking over the weekend too!

    I am well makcik, terima kasih!

    Tricia F ,
    Thank you! You can make a big batch of your own sauce, it will last for a while!

    darren ,
    Thank you! Do it!

    Jay ,
    Thank you very much!

    mohdandmeriam ,
    Terima kasih makcik! They are lol

    5 Star Foodie,
    Thank you very much!

    KL girl in MELB,
    Thank you! Please do!

    Anncoo ,
    Haha that is great! Looking forward to your version!

    Thank you! Dinner is at 730 every night :)

    Thank you very much! Welcome back xxx

    Priya ,
    Thank you!

    arthi ,
    Thank you! Very healthy indeed!

    mycookinghut ,
    Thank you very much!

    Thank you! We did have other dishes )

    Mary ,
    Thank you very much! I am sure you will master your steamed fish in no time!

    Thank you very much!

    Pham ,
    Thank you! Please do my friend!

    fitzboy s,
    Thanks buddy! HUGE savings!

    little panda,
    Thank you very much!

    tigerfish ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Sophia darling,
    I need a new wok too! xxx


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