Friday 3 December 2010


Chinese Steamed Cod Fish/Den Kinesiske Dampede Torsk/蒸鳕鱼[zhēng xuě yú]

Recipe from Jannie Sze Silfverberg

Preparation and cooking time: 20-30 minutes


- 750g cod fish fillet
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 handful of ginger cut into thin strips
- 1 TBS Chinese Shaoxing rice wine (optional, but not recommended for babies)

Ingredients for garlic oil:
- 2 TBS cooking oil
- 1 - 2 clove garlic, pressed or finely chopped

Ingredients for sauce:
- 2 TBS light soy sauce
- 2 TBS Chinese sesame oil
- 2 TBS Chinese Shaoxing rice wine (optinonal)
- ½ tsp sugar (I prefer it without, but My Superstar prefers it with, your choice)
- A few dashes of pepper powder

- 1 handful of ginger cut into thin strips
- 1 stalk of spring onions cut into strips
- 1 stalk of coriander loosely chopped (optional)

1. Drizzle ginger, olive oil and Shaoxing wine (skip this if there is a baby) on fish and steam for 8 minutes.

2. During the last 2 minutes of steaming, heat oil and fry garlic on a separate sauce pan until golden brown.

3. Garnish spring onions and ginger over the fish and pour the sizzling hot garlic oil on top of the steamed fish. (Remember to remove a portion of the fish for baby before doing this!).

4. Meanwhile, heat the sauce mixture on the same sauce pan until bubbles and pour on top of the remaining steamed fish and off the fire.

If you are running short of time, just pour the sauce directly without heating it. It will still taste very good.

For babies:
From 6 months (without adding the salt).

Nutritional value:
Fish are high in protein, heme iron, vitamin D (an important vitamin for strong bones), low in "bad" fats and contain Essential Fatty Acid (EFA's) - Omega-3 fatty acids. The Omega 3 fatty acids from fish are EPA and DHA, which are not found in any other protein source, not even in meat or plants. EFA's found in fish and fish oil products help fight off both physical and mental diseases. Eating fish 2 times a week is recommended for both adults and children by the US FDA.

Additional Information:
Using cod fish fillets instead of the whole fish help to reduce preparation time to 20 minutes, as you do not need to spend time to clean the fish and its internal organs, etc.

Don't be intimidated by the way the ingredient list is organised. It is basically the same few ingredients, but organised in this way to show the difference the ingredients is used in the preparation.

I tried this out a few years ago, and tried this out again this evening. I took 30 minutes, as I am not so experienced, but it should only take about 20 minutes with experience. I used to take more than an hour making any food when I just started cooking once in a blue moon a few years ago!

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