Chinese Cooking: Steamed Salmon

Last night, I cooked for my in laws and one of the dishes I made was steamed salmon.  My mother makes a similar dish and I love it.  I have never tried cooking it before because it was just hubby and me eating and hubby hates salmon.  It seemed rather pointless to cook a whole salmon for myself so I never bothered trying to figure out how my mother made this until last night.

I borrowed a recipe from my favourite authentic Chinese Recipe site but modified it slightly:


  • 1 piece of Salmon, rubbed with a little salt
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 3 Stalks Spring Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • Dash of Pepper


  1. Chop the white bulb of the spring onions into small pieces. Cut the green stalks into 5 cm lengths.
  2. Place the salmon pieces onto a heat-resistant serving dish.
  3. Stir-fry the garlic and spring onion in sesame oil.
  4. Add the soy sauce and pepper.
  5. Smear the mixture over the top surface of the salmon
  6. Steam for 8 minutes until the salmon is virtually cooked through.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.

Although the hubby had nothing nice to say about this recipe and stayed as far away from it as possible, I was quite pleased with the results.  Knowing that this wasn’t something hubby ate, I made certain I made him three dishes that he would eat, so I was rather annoyed that he still had to comment on the smell and style of cooking I elected to use for this fish.  For someone who hasn’t even tasted the dish, he sure had a lot of negative comments to make.

Personally, I would have been quite happy eating the entire dish myself, so if you like salmon, then you really ought to give this recipe a shot.

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