Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 mins

Steaming is a very healthy way to cook fish. The method retains ingredients' nutrients, and calories from fat are minimal since there's no need to use oil.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make bias cuts about 3/4-inch apart into the fish fillets (Do not cut completely through fish).
  2. Tuck 1 or 2 whole basil leaves into each cut.
  3. Rub fillets with garlic and ginger.
  4. Place peppers and asparagus in a steamer basket.
  5. Top with fish.
  6. Place basket into a large, deep saucepan or wok in which 1-inch of water is boiling. Cover; steam 6 to 8 minutes or until fish just flakes easily when tested with a fork. Makes 2 servings.
Most Helpful

I used a beautiful amberjack fillet that was about an inch 1/4" thick. I followed other reviewer's advice and added some coarsely ground sea salt and black pepper to the fish and the veggies. I used a mix of red and yellow peppers, and they were just beautiful against the vibrant green of the asparagus. I cut my basil into thin strips and tucked them into the small cuts instead of leaving the basil leaf whole. The ginger, garlic and basil made for a very flavorful piece of fish! Everything was done at the same time and made for a wonderfully healthy dinner last night! Thanks for sharing! Made for PRMR tag game.

breezermom May 19, 2013

this was great -- made as directed, except I skipped the peppers. Used with sliced tomatoes for a very low cal/low fat and filling dinner. Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ August 26, 2011

Oh, I loved this! The fish was cooked just perfectly at 7 minutes--I usually accidentally overcook fish so this was a delight. I agree that it needed some salt...I even sprinkled coarse kosher salt over it before cooking and still sprinkled more on at the table. I used a chinese bamboo steamer and it worked great! I'm sure it would be great with all kinds of vegetables. Thanks for posting :). Made for PRMR Spring 2008.

smellyvegetarian June 22, 2008