Vietnamese-style Steamed Fish Steaks

Vietnamese-style Steamed Fish Steaks

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 to 4
Author CASA Veneracion


  • 1 finger chili
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot (or 1/2 onion)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime (or lemon) juice
  • 1 tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 4 fish steaks about 500 grams total weight (read the difference between fish fillet and steak)
  • snipped scallions to garnish


  • Finely slice the finger chili.
  • Peel and finely slice the garlic cloves and shallot.
  • Place the sliced chili, garlic, shallot and sugar in a small jar with a screw-type cap. Pour in the lime (or lemon) juice, fish sauce and oyster sauce. Screw on the jar cap and shake the jar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Start boiling water in your steamer.
  • Pat the fish steaks dry with paper towels. Arrange in a shallow heat-proof bowl. Pour the sauce over and around the fish steaks.
  • Place the bowl in the steamer basket. Steam the fish steaks over boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on their size).
  • Off the heat, sprinkle the Vietnamese-style steamed fish steaks with snipped scallions before serving.