Whole Steamed Crispy Fish recipe, Filipino Recipes

Prep: 25 mins.  Cooking: 25 mins.  Serves 4.


  • 2 lb 4 oz whole snapper, cleaned and scaled
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 1/4″ piece fresh ginger, very finely sliced
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil

Thoroughly wash fish inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and white pepper and place ginger inside cavity.

Combine sesame oil and soy sauce and brush over fish.

Cut scallion and celery into 1 1/2″ lengths, then finely shred them into long fine strips.  Cut pepper into matchsticks 1 1/2″ long.

Place a pair of wooden chopsticks in a cross in the base of a large wok and fill wok with 2 3/4″ water.

Score the fattest part of the fish three times, place on a heatproof dinner plate, and sit plate on top of chopsticks.  Cover and bring water to a boil over high heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes, then turn heat off and scatter in veggies.  Leave, covered, for 3 minutes.  Slide steamed fish onto a warmed serving platter and heat oil in a small saucepan until very hot and slightly smoking.  Pour it over veggies and serve immediately.

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