Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions Recipe

Serves/Makes: 2 - 3 servings


  • 1 large whole porgy, or medium red snapper, or any other sweet-fleshed fish you like. The most important part is that it is as fresh as possible.
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 matchbook strips of fresh-cut ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 cup scallions, cut into long thin strips, whites only
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Parsley and fresh scallions for garnish
How to cook Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions:
  • Place the fish in salt water and let it soak for 30 minutes. Wash fish well; rinse and pat dry.
  • Score the fish three times on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stuff the slices with the ginger strips. Place the fish in a deep, heat-proof plate. Pour the Chinese cooking wine into the bottom of the plate. Sprinkle the scallions on top.
  • Boil a couple of inches of water in the steamer. Then put the plate in and cover. Cook about 10-12 minutes. (Until fish is white and starting to flake.)
  • While the fish is cooking, heat the oil to very hot, but not smoking.
  • Use a wide spatula to carefully remove the fish. Put it on a deep platter. Pour the cooking juices around it.
  • Slowly pour the hot oil over the fish. (It should crackle a little); then pour the soy sauce over the fish.
  • Top with fresh scallions if you like.
  • Serve the Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions hot with steamed white rice. The sauce is wonderful.
Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions recipe


The Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions is a very affordable dish. This recipe is delicious, simple, and really easy to cook.

You will need a big steamer for this. (Or a wok with a rack for steaming). The steamer should be wide enough to put a whole fish on a plate inside and still have room for the steam to come up around the plate. You can buy these at most Asian grocery stores.

(If you don't have a steamer, it might work to bake it covered in the oven, I haven't tried that, though.)


Porgy, also known as scup, is a lean fish with a coarse texture and delicate flavor, consisting of a large family of fish found in temperate and tropical waters all over the world.

This recipe for Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions serves/makes: 2 - 3 servings

The Asian Steamed Porgy with Ginger and Scallions recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Porgy (more Porgy recipes)
Preparation Method: Steamed (more Steamed recipes)
Cuisine: Other Asian (more Other Asian recipes)

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