Fish & Seafood

Steamed whole tilapia with ginger and soy sauce

The dish that launched this blog. Literally. More than seven years ago, I was contributing articles to a business news website and starting my own blog. I posted a photo and recipe of a simple steamed tilapia dish, the business website editor saw it and said I had a gold mine in there.

Steamed whole tilapia with ginger and soy sauce

Well, “gold mine” is figurative but that encouraged me enough to get serious about food blogging.

I guess I’m looking back at this blog’s beginnings and getting sappy about it. Lots of things are happening — moving and moving on — and it feels good to be able to look back. So, I’m reposting this entry with an updated recipe and a new photo.

Not just plain steamed fish, but with all the spices that make it special. No fishy smell. No mess. No fat. No fishy smell either. How? Ginger not only gets rid of the fishy smell, it flavors the fish wonderfully too. Combined with garlic, plain fish becomes a treat. A dash of sesame seed oil gives this dish an oriental aroma and flavpr. This is a simpler version of steamed whole fish.

Steamed whole tilapia with ginger and soy sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Connie Veneracion
  • 1 large tilapia about 800 g.
  • 1 tablespoon julienned ginger aside from the flavor, ginger gets rid of the fishy smell
  • plenty of crushed garlic
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon citus juice calamansi, lemon or lime
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • finely sliced onion leaves to garnish
  1. Boil plenty of water in a steamer.
  2. Slash (score) the fish (see tips).
  3. Stuff the cavity with half of the garlic and ginger, and some pepper.
  4. Rub half of the soy sauce and citus juice all over and inside (the cavity from where the intestines have been removed) the fish.
  5. Lay the fish on a heatproof dish. Pour the remaining soy sauce and citrus juice over and around it. Sprinkle the remaining garlic and ginger. Crack more black pepper over it.
  6. Steam over briskly boiling water for about 20 minutes.
  7. Garnish with onion leaves. Heat the sesame see oil until smoking. Pour over the fish. Serve at once.

Steamed whole tilapia with ginger and soy sauce

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