Steamed fish can be a beautiful thing. Steaming is a simple, healthy cooking method that works especially well with fish. The gentle steam cooks delicate fish fillets to tender perfection. If you don't own a steamer, no problem. I'll show you how you can steam fish on a plate in a regular old pot or a wok.
I used flounder for this recipe, but any thin white fish fillets will do. I coat them with a fragrant Thai coconut sauce that's whipped up in a blender. Then they're steamed and topped with a bit of delicious decadence - fried shallot rings and cilantro. I recommend serving them over fluffy jasmine rice with a simple green vegetable, like spinach, snow peas or broccoli, on the side.
If you have a steamer then you'll probably want to use it for this recipe. If you don't, it's easy to make a steamer in your wok or in a large pot, as long as it has a lid to keep in the steam.
Fill the bottom of the pot with about two cups of water and put a small ramekin in the middle. This will be a platform for your plate of fish. If you don't have a ramekin you can improvise with any small heatproof bowl or object.
The idea is to raise the plate at least ½-inch above the water level. Be sure you choose a round heatproof plate or glass pie pan. If using a plate, make sure it slants up around the edge so any sauce that accumulates will stay in the dish.
The fish is coated with a fragrant puree of shallots, ginger, red chili pepper, lemongrass, coconut milk and cilantro.
Once the water is boiling under the plate, cover the pot and your fish will steam. It takes only 6-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
I love the fresh taste and the delicate flakiness of this steamed fish. The coconut sauce has a lovely balance of complex flavors that is the hallmark of Thai cuisine.
If you're interested in learning more about steaming fish, chicken, vegetables and more, check out this Cooking Class on Stovetop Steaming - by Cooking Light
Want more delicious Thai dishes on your table? Here's the link to more of Panning The Globe's Thai recipes
Here's the recipe for Thai steamed fish in coconut sauce. If you cook this I hope you'll come back and leave a comment to let me know how it turned out!Print