Friday 3 December 2010


Chinese Steamed Salmon/Den Kinesiske Dampede Laks/蒸鲑鱼[zhēng guī yú]

Serves 4

Preparation and cooking time: 20-30 minutes

- 4 pieces of salmon 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 (optional)
- ½ tsp sugar (I prefer it without, but My Significant Other 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 (just skip the sauces).

Nutritional value:
Salmon is high in protein, heme iron, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, copper and Omega-3s. There are three kinds of Omega-3s in salmon--docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). Like most fish, there are no carbohydrates in salmon.

Additional Information:
Salmon is cheaper than cod fish in Denmark, and thus more affordable. Thus, we eat salmon more often than cod fish. I use the recipe for making Chinese steam cod fish with salmon and to our pleasant surprise, it actually tasted very good. My Significant Other likes this very much, and I didn't even add the Chinese rice wine.

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 how the ingredients are used in the preparation.

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