This Steamed Fish recipe is healthy, delicious, and tested. An aromatic steamed fish sauce is added to give the fish a saucy flavor.
Steaming fish is an excellent choice for those who want a healthy and flavorful meal. Remember to select the right fish, adjust your steaming time accordingly, and savor the dietary benefits.
I love steaming fish, or this recipe, so much because it is less greasy than frying and is a quick and easy cooking method that retains the fish’s natural flavors and nutrients. This comprehensive guide explores the world of steamed fish, including the best fish for steaming, how long it takes to steam fish, its dietary advantages, and the equipment used for this culinary technique.
Steamed Fish Ingredients
What’s Available in the Pantry?
I have all the sauce ingredients in this recipe!
- Roasted Sesame Oil
- Soy Sauce
- Green Onion
- Red Onion
What Fish is Good for Steaming?
With various fish, some types excel in flavor and texture. Here are some top picks for fish that are perfect for steaming:
- Salmon: Salmon’s rich, oily flesh remains moist and tender when steamed. It’s packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and offers a delectable taste.
- Tilapia: Tilapia’s mild flavor makes it an excellent choice for those looking for a light and delicate meal. It steams to perfection in no time.
- Sea Bass: With its firm, white flesh, sea bass is a favorite among seafood enthusiasts. Steaming enhances its subtle taste and flaky texture.
- Trout: Trout is another excellent option for steaming. Its delicate flavor pairs wonderfully with herbs and spices.
- Halibut: Known for its meaty texture, it is a popular steaming choice. It remains juicy and flavorful when prepared this way.
How do you Steam Fish in the Instant Pot?
Place the inner pot in the Instant Pot Base. Set the air fryer basket in place and put the steaming tray.
Put the Pompano in a foil and arrange it on the steaming tray.
Cover with the pressure cooker lid and push the steam button setting. Set the timer to twenty minutes. Quick release when done.
Prepare the Sauce
Transfer the fish to a plate, and now you can make the steamed fish sauce.
Heat the sesame oil in a pan on high heat and saute the garlic and red onion. Saute for two minutes. Add the green onion and cilantro.
- Cook the aromatics until the cilantro is slightly wilted.
- Add the soy sauce.
- Immediately pour the sauce on top of the steamed fish.
How Long Does It Take for Fish to Steam in the Instant Pot?
The steaming time for fish can vary depending on factors like the thickness of the fillet and the cooking temperature. This Pompano is half a pound, and I steamed it for twenty minutes. It’s essential to check the fish-safe 145°F (63°C) for optimal doneness.
Is Steamed Fish Good for Your Diet?
Steamed fish is a culinary delight and a healthy choice for your diet. Here’s why:
- Low in Calories: Steaming doesn’t require added fats or oils, making it a low-calorie cooking method that supports weight management.
- Preserve Nutrients: Unlike frying or grilling, steaming minimizes nutrient loss. Essential vitamins and minerals remain intact, contributing to a well-balanced diet.
- Heart-Healthy: Steamed fish, especially fatty varieties like salmon, provide heart-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Easy Digestion: The gentle cooking process of steaming ensures that the fish is easily digestible, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive stomachs.
What is Used for Cooking Fish in Steam?
To achieve perfectly steamed fish, you’ll need the right tools:
- Steamer Basket: A steamer basket or tray is essential for suspending the fish above simmering water. It allows steam to circulate evenly, cooking the fish uniformly.
- Covered Pot or Steamer: You can use a dedicated steamer or a regular pot with a lid to contain the steam. Make sure it’s large enough to comfortably accommodate your fish and steamer basket.
- Seasonings: Enhance the flavor of your steamed fish, lemon, and fresh herbs. These aromatic additions infuse the fish with a delightful taste.
- Liners: To prevent sticking, consider using parchment paper, banana leaves, or cabbage leaves beneath the fish in the steamer.
- Instant Pot– I love my Instant Pot. I have used it to steam my favorite dessert, Leche Flan, and even cooked Mango Sticky Rice using the Instant Pot’s steam function.
Steamed Fish Sauce Variations
You can customize the sauce in this recipe. You can add ginger, basil, or any other spices you like. You can also make the sauce extra spicy by adding Gochugaru powder while you season it.
Steam Fish Common Questions
- Can I use frozen fish for cooking?
You can steam frozen fish, but cooking may take slightly longer. Ensure it reaches the recommended internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) before serving.
- What’s the best way to season fish for steaming?
Seasoning options are versatile. Try a simple combination of salt, pepper, and lemon for a classic flavor. Experiment with herbs, spices, and marinades to suit your taste.
- Is steamed fish suitable for a keto diet?
Absolutely! Steamed fish is keto-friendly as it’s
- Can I use a bamboo steamer for fish?
Bamboo steamers work well for steaming fish.
- How do I know if the fish is done steaming?
It should reach 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption. The fish should also flake easily with a fork.
- Can I use a microwave for steaming fish?
While it’s possible to steam fish in the microwave, it may not yield the same texture and flavor as traditional steaming methods.
Steamed Fish Cooked in Instant Pot Duo Crisp
- 1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp Plus Air Fryer 8 quart
- steaming tray
- Air Fryer Basket
- Sautee' pan
- 1/2 lb Pompano
Steamed Fish Sauce
- 1/4 cup Roasted Sesame Oil
- 1/2 cup Chopped Green Onion
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 5 cloves chopped garlic
- 1/8 cup dark or light soy sauce
- Place the inner pot in the Instant Pot Base. Set the air fryer basket in place and put the steaming tray.
- Put the Pompano in a foil and arrange it on the steaming tray.
- Cover with the pressure cooker lid and push the steam button setting. Set the timer to twenty minutes. Quick release when done.
Prepare the Sauce
- Transfer the fish to a plate and now you can make the steamed fish sauce.
- Heat the sesame oil in a pan on high heat and saute the garlic and red onion. Saute for two minutes. Add the green onion and cilantro. Add the soy sauce. Cook the aromatics until the cilantro is slightly wilted.
- Immediately pour the sauce on top of the steamed fish. Enjoy!