Asian-steamed sea bass

Whole Steamed Sea Bass

Serves 2

  • 1 x 1.5 kg whole sea bass, scaled, gutted and gills removed (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)

  • sea salt

  • 5 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

  • 1 fresh red chilli, finely sliced

  • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • a large bunch of fresh coriander, leaves roughly chopped, stalks finely sliced

  • 1 lime

  • low-salt soy sauce

  • sesame oil

Score the sea bass on both sides at 2cm intervals, cutting roughly 1cm deep, then place into the steamer tray. Sprinkle the inside and both sides of the fish lightly with sea salt.



Mix the spring onions, chilli, ginger, coriander stalks and most of the leaves together on a board, then stuff and push into the cavity and slits in the fish. Squeeze over the lime juice, adding the squeezed lime halves to the tray. Hit it up with a splash of soy sauce, then cover with the lid. Fill the steamer pocket on the front of the oven with around 1 litre of water, then slot the steamer tray into the bottom of the oven so that the metal nozzle on the tray engages with the back of the oven, and set to steam for around 25 minutes, or until cooked to perfection.



Serve on a bed of fluffy rice, drizzled with the juices from the bottom of the steamer tray, a drizzle of sesame oil and the remaining coriander leaves sprinkled over.

Nutritional Information

Method

Score the sea bass on both sides at 2cm intervals, cutting roughly 1cm deep, then place into the steamer tray. Sprinkle the inside and both sides of the fish lightly with sea salt.

Mix the spring onions, chilli, ginger, coriander stalks and most of the leaves together on a board, then stuff and push into the cavity and slits in the fish. Squeeze over the lime juice, adding the squeezed lime halves to the tray. Hit it up with a splash of soy sauce, then cover with the lid. Fill the steamer pocket on the front of the oven with around 1 litre of water, then slot the steamer tray into the bottom of the oven so that the metal nozzle on the tray engages with the back of the oven, and set to steam for around 25 minutes, or until cooked to perfection.

Serve on a bed of fluffy rice, drizzled with the juices from the bottom of the steamer tray, a drizzle of sesame oil and the remaining coriander leaves sprinkled over.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 410
    21%
  • Carbs 4g
    2%
  • Sugar 3g 3%
  • Fat 11g 16%
  • Saturates 0.5g 3%
  • Protein 70g 155%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 x 1.5 kg whole sea bass, scaled, gutted and gills removed (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)

  • sea salt

  • 5 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

  • 1 fresh red chilli, finely sliced

  • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • a large bunch of fresh coriander, leaves roughly chopped, stalks finely sliced

  • 1 lime

  • low-salt soy sauce

  • sesame oil