Posted by: SV | December 31, 2011

Salmon with Black Bean Sauce

This is one of the easiest fish dish with amazingly flavors – and healthy!  Traditionally this is made with whole striped sea bass but any type of flaky, white fish will work.

You will need a steamer or a very large skillet with a lid or a bamboo steamer.  By steaming the fish, it will naturally create a broth so make sure you use a sunken plate/dish.  When serving, I suggest drizzling some of the broth over the fish and the rice.

Tip:  Black bean paste is rather salty so use sparingly.

Steamed Fish with Black Bean and Ginger

(Serves 4)

  • 2 sprigs of green onion
  • 1-2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 lb fish filets (striped sea bass)
  • 4 tbsp Chinese black bean paste

1.  Prepare the onion and ginger.  Chop the white part of green onion and set aside for fish marinade.  Slice the green part of green onion at a diagonal for garnish.  Peel ginger and slice ginger into thin rounds.  Stack 3-4 rounds and julienne the ginger into slivers.

2.  On a large plate, sparingly smear with your hand each side of the fish with the black bean paste and then sprinkle on the green onion and ginger.  Cover and let sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator to marinade.

3. Place fish onto an oven-safe plate and steam fish in a bamboo steamer or a very large skillet with a lid.  Fill the bottom of the steamer/skillet with 2 cups of water and cover.  Steam over high heat for 10 minutes or so depending on the thickness of the fish fillets.

4.  Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately with steaming white rice.



  1. thank you for this!

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