I LOVE fish. I love to eat almost almost all fish (edible ones, of course). So I’m always looking to cook different varieties of fish meals for my family. One of our favourite ones is this Thai steamed fish with lime and garlic.
Why? Because it’s so delicious and super easy to make!
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This dish can be basically divided into two. The steamed fish and the sauce. Use a steamer and steam any white fish that you like and then discard all the liquid formed while steaming the fish. We will only use the steamed fish.
Don’t forget to fill the cavity of the fish with lemongrass, that will give you so much flavour. Then you place the fish in a serving dish and pour the sauce on top of it.
The sauce is of course the star of this dish. The combination of fresh flavours in it. The tangy sourness that comes from the lime juice. The spicy touch that comes from both the chillies and raw garlics. The balance of sweet and saltiness that comes from sugar and fish sauce. And the coriander just brings them all together. You just need to try it!
And ohhh.. not to brag or anything but the lemongrass and chillies came from my tiny garden 😀
If you fancy some Asian fish dish, try this one. Eat it with a bowl of hot white rice and you’re good!
Watch how to make Thai steamed fish in the video below:
Thai Steamed Fish With Lime And Garlic
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 5 garlic cloves , miced
- 2 Thai chillies , finely chopped
- 1/4 cup coriander leaves , finely chopped
- 2 limes , take the juice
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 250 gr golden sea bream , I used 250 gr x 2 fish for this amount of sauce
- 1 lemongrass , bruised and cut into 2 inches length
- In a bowl, add in hot water, chicken bouillon and granulated sugar. Mix until the sugar is dissolved and set aside until the mixture has cooled a bit.
- Add in garlic, chillies, coriander leaves, lime juice and fish sauce. Mix everything together and set aside.
- Prepare your steamer. If you're using an electric steamer like me, place a baking sheet inside the steamer container and leave it overhangs on the sides. This is to make it easier to handle the fish when it's cooked. Place the fish inside. Put the lemongrass inside its cavity. Cover the steamer and steam for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked.
- When fully cooked, using the overhanging baking sheet, lift up the fish and discard any liquid. Place the fish in a serving plate. Pour the sauce on top of it and enjoy it with a bowl of white rice!