• Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 12 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Easy

Recipe Description

This recipe (adapted from MSD Living Well with Diabetes cookbook) and photo are courtesy of MSD.

Nutritional Tips

  • Fish sauce is often high in salt so ensure to limit the amount used in dishes.
  • Ensure a serving of rice doesn’t exceed 1 cup of cooked rice.
  • Include a side of stir-fried vegetables or a green salad to increase the fibre content of your meal.

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1 sea bass (siakap) (about 700g, cleaned)
  • Spices:
  • 2 stalks lemongrass (finely sliced)
  • 2tbsp wild ginger flower ((bunga kantan), finely sliced)
  • 1tbsp bird’s eye chillies (finely chopped)
  • 4tbsp lime juice
  • Seasoning:
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 2tbsp fish sauce
  • 1pinch pepper
  • Garnishing:
  • 1tbsp spring onion (chopped)
  • 1tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 1tbsp red chilli (chopped)


  1. Combine the lemongrass, wild ginger flower, bird’s eye chillies, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and pepper. Pour sauce mixture over the fish.
  2. Steam over rapid boiling water for 12 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
  3. Sprinkle the garnishing over the steamed fish and serve hot with fluffy wild or brown rice.

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