Oven Steamed Whole Fish Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings


  • 1 whole fleshy fish (about 2 pounds in weight) scaled and gutted
  • 2 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 hot chilies, finely sliced
  • 1 stalk leek
  • A drizzle of sesame seed oil
How to cook Oven Steamed Whole Fish:
  • Score the fish by slashing the flesh twice on both sides, the slashes about 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart.
  • Rub the salt on both sides of the fish.
  • Cut the leek vertically and run under the tap to remove any soil. Then, cut diagonally into thin slices.
  • Take 2 pieces of aluminum foil. One should be 4 inches longer than the fish and the other 8 to 10 inches longer than the first.
  • Lay the shorter piece of foil on a baking sheet. Lay the fish on the foil. Scatter the ginger, chilies and leeks on the fish. Drizzle with sesame seed oil.
  • Take the other piece of foil and lay on top of the fish. Starting with one of the long sides, fold the top and bottom edges of the foil to seal.
  • Do the same with the other sides. Because the top piece of foil is longer, the fish will be tented.
  • That means there is space between the top foil and the fish where steam can build.
  • Cook the fish in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for 20 minutes.
  • Take the baking sheet out of the oven and, without breaking the wrapping, carefully transfer the fish to a platter. But be very careful because if the foil breaks and the liquid seeps out, you might burn your fingers.
  • Pierce the top foil to allow some of the heat to escape so you don’t burn your fingers when you peel it off. Starting with one edge, unfold the foil and remove the top piece. Fold the bottom foil to fit the size and shape of the platter.
  • Serve the Oven Steamed Whole Fish hot with steamed white rice.
Oven Steamed Whole Fish recipe


The Oven Steamed Whole Fish recipe very simple to cook and very tasty too!

Steaming fish in the oven is a no-fuss and simple process.

This recipe for Oven Steamed Whole Fish serves/makes: 4 servings

The Oven Steamed Whole Fish recipe is adopted from The Philippine Cook Book.

Main Ingredient: Various Fish (more Various Fish recipes)
Preparation Method: Steamed (more Steamed recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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