Easy Asian-Style Low Fat Microwave Steamed Fish

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 7 mins

Dead easy fish, always tasty and good! The flavours are Vietnamese/Thai/Balinese. You can add any other favourite asian flavours to the marinade, get creative! Australian measurements used (1 T = 20mls)You can use lemon juice if you have to but lime is really much nicer. If you have some, add a chopped kaffir lime leaf. I leave the peanut butter out on mine but my husband loves it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (150 g) fish fillets (about 150g each I like to use Basa catfish or barramundi)
  • 2 garlic, cloves crushed
  • 2 teaspoons minced gingerroot
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste (like sambal oelek- can also use fresh, alter to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (this will make enough for 2 fish, halve if only one of you wants peanut butter) (optional)


  1. Mix all marinade ingredients except peanut butter in a small bowl or cup. Taste to check for seasoning.
  2. If you are adding the peanut butter, add it to the mix and stir to create a thick paste.
  3. Spread over frozen or fresh fish fillets.
  4. Put fillets onto a plate with a microwave cover or place them in a shallow covered container (but make sure a little of the steam can escape). If fish are frozen, cook on high for at least 6-7 minutes (depending on thickness of fish). If thawed, about 4-5 minutes should be sufficient. This will change depending on your microwave so do check the fish by checking the colour in the centre of the fillet (it should be opaque).
  5. Serve with rice and a crisp salad.
Most Helpful

Thank you for this dish. It was incredible. I thought the consistency of the sauce was perfect. It needs to be blended well. I used tilapia. I will be making this again!

mae428 November 19, 2013

Simple recipe to prepare, made as directed. We used the peanut butter, because hubby loves peanut butter - but we weren't sold on the texture - the flavor was good though. Will make again without the peanut butter. Made for Aussie swap.

morgainegeiser July 21, 2010

Absolutely loved it! It was soooo yummy! We had it with steamed vegies and it was totally to die for! And so easy to make! Hubby loved it and nearly died 100 deaths when I told him it was low fat!! Kids didn't like it though. Thank you for sharing this gem of a recipe!

Suek 2 September 28, 2006