Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Super Simple Steamed Fish with Lemon and Garlic Recipe

Simple Steamed Fish with Garlic and Lemon
After an exhausting session at the gym, I wanna be a good girl, but I don't wanna eat something (salad? fresh fruits?) that would make me hungry after an hour and end up eating a large bag of chips or a bowl of sinful instant noodles with more sinful frills. All of my hard work would be wasted!

I need to eat something savory, light yet satisfying, and easy to prepare.
This is perfect! I adore the classic soy sauce/ginger/chilli/garlic/fermented black beans/spring onion combo, but it's so tasty, it makes me end up eating a few bowls of rice with the sauce alone. This one is much lighter and brighter, but still flavorful.

- your favorite fish (it can be with bone or fillet, I used pomfret)
- 1 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- white pepper, fish sauce
- hot water for steaming

Clean your fish, place in a dish you'll use to steam, squeeze juice of half a lemon, scatter the garlic around it or stuff some into the cavity if you're using whole fish. Pour some boiling water into wok, place a saucer or a small bowl with its bottom facing up, place your plate with the fish on top of it so that the water won't get into your fish dish (you can use a steamer if you have), cover the wok and steam the fish until it's just done (mine took about 8 minutes). Once done, drizzle a bit of fish sauce, and if you want, garnish with freshly chopped coriander (which I didn't use simply because I didn't have one in my kitchen).

I could just eat that for dinner, or with a bit of brown rice and vegetables.

I feel healthier already...
But I am sure I'll get back to the normal junk food programming soon.
I am weak like that.


Joanne said...

Healthy and delicious? Count me in! Love how easy this is!

Arudhi said...

This looks really light and beautiful! Maybe it`s time for me to steam fish again. Thanks for the idea! Btw, when I`m hungry, I usually eat fruits like 30 mins before my actual meal. That way my stomach feels somewhere between not hungry and a little full. Then, I`m able to eat much less portion of the meal but still enjoy every bit of it. I don`t know if this is good or bad, but the thought of eating (more) fruits is comforting for me.

tigerfish said...

I do agree with you. Don't need a lot of steamed rice for this but it is satisfying enough for the taste buds and stomach. Fresh fruits and salads don't satisfy me as well....

aki! said...

Yay! Asian way of cooking fish! I'm a fan. How long do you need to steam it for?

Lady G said...

I would love this dish, lemon and garlic are my favorite.

Little Corner of Mine said...

This is definitely something lighter and healthier!! Pair with brown rice and vegetable, a winner! Good for you! :)