• Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Cook Time 25 minutes
  • Serving For 6 people
  • Difficulty Easy

Recipe Description

A delicious steamed fish with ginger paste for the upcoming CNY!

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1.3kg garoupa fish head
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 1tbsp rice wine
  • Ginger Paste
  • 100g old ginger, preferably Bentong ginger, sliced
  • 30g garlic, peeled
  • 2 shallots, peeled
  • 2sprigs coriander
  • Seasoning
  • 2tbsp rice wine
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tsp chicken stock powder
  • 1tsp caster sugar
  • 1/2tsp cornflour
  • 1/2tsp salt


  1. Coriander leaves , spring onion curls and chilli curls.
  2. Rinse fish head well and wipe dry. Season with the salt, pepper and rice wine. Set aside for 25 minutes.
  3. Ginger Paste
  4. Blend the old ginger, garlic, shallots and coriander in an electric blender to a fine paste. Add the seasoning and mix well.
  5. To cook
  6. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and fry the ginger paste briefly, until fragrant. Dish out.
  7. Place fish head in a heatproof shallow plate and steam for 10 minutes over high heat. Remove from heat and carefully drain away the steaming liquid.
  8. Spoon the prepared ginger paste over the fish head and steam over high heat for 12 minutes, or until cooked.
  9. To serve
  10. Garnish fish head with coriander leaves, spring onion curls and chilli curls.

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5 thoughts on “Steamed fish head with ginger paste”

  1. Rajinder Kaur - February 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Lovely, it taste so good, I made it for today’s lunch but I used kerapu fish, turned out awesome

  2. Sharina - March 1, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Do I need to use rice in this recipe? Is there an alternative ingredient as I am a Muslim.

    • Yuha - April 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Hi Sharina,

      You can substitute rice wine with apple juice, white grape juice or even lemon juice. The acid in the juice acts as a tenderiser in stir-fry marinades. However, the flavour will be slightly differ from the original.

      Hope this helps.

      The Kuali Team.

  3. ANGELA SOK HOON NG - December 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

    i am a follower of Dear Amy Beh”s receipe, I have 100% trust in her receipe. Thank you Amy for your unselfish sharing of your receipes. I am still looking for our receipe Book 2

  4. PEARLY SOH - December 20, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    i like your steam fish recipe, very yummy 👍👍 tyvm


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