Please Pass the Recipe

from one generation to the next

Steamed Barramundi with ginger and spring onion sauce

Steamed Barramundi with ginger and spring onion sauce

Steamed Barramundi with ginger and spring onion sauce

Winter ills have laid me low for the passed couple of weeks. I’ve had the sniffles and a hacking cough that has the unhappy knack of reasserting itself just when it lulls me into thinking I’m on the mend. A lack of appetite and the inability to discern flavour has dictated my mealtime choices of comfort foods fortified with citrus, ginger and garlic. I’ve lived on chicken soup, congee, risotto and steamed greens, interspersed with the odd meal of fish. I’ve lost count of the number of mandarins I’ve snacked on and oranges I’ve squeezed for their juice.

This simple dinner time dish requires little energy and minimal time to prepare. While in essence it’s simply steamed fish and blanched Chinese greens, the savoury sauce loaded with spring onion and ginger flavour means it’s all at once assertive and restorative.

Barramundi AKA Asian sea bass is my local fish of choice. It thrives in Australia’s warm northern waters.  It’s a beautiful fleshy fish that lends itself to Asian style cooking and flavours. I insist that it’s wild caught though as those that are farmed have a distinct muddy flavour I find distasteful.

For 2 people

Steamed Barramundi with ginger and spring onion sauce

2 thick cut barramundi fillets

 

3 dessertspoons light soy sauce

2 tablespoons chicken stock

3 dessertspoons shoaxing cooking wine

1 dessertspoon oyster sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 cup water

3 dessertspoons full finely julienned fresh ginger

1/2 cup sliced spring onion greens

1/2 teaspoon garlic infused oil

1/2 teaspoon onion infused oil

1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

 

chilli, spring onion and ginger julienne to garnish

 

2 medium heads of bok choy, quartered lengthwise.

Handful of snow peas, topped and tailed

 

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pot, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in the oils.

Line a bamboo steamer with a piece of baking paper.

Pat dry the fish and season with salt and pepper.

Put the fish into the steamer then cover with the lid.

Put the steamer into a wok and water until 3cm lower than the base of the steamer.

Bring the water in the wok to the boil, reduce the heat and steam the fish until it’s cooked, 10-14 minutes. Test by separating the centre with a knife. It will flake easily.

Remove the steamer from the wok and set aside.

Throw the greens into the water, return the wok to the boil and cook 1 minute.

Drain, then divide the greens between two serving dishes.

Place a fillet of barramundi on top on the greens then dress with the sauce.

Garnish with fresh spring onion, extra ginger julienne and red chilli.

Serve immediately

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

26 comments on “Steamed Barramundi with ginger and spring onion sauce

  1. StefanGourmet
    August 13, 2017

    Hope you will be all better soon!
    I know what you mean with the muddy flavor, here it happens with many freshwater fish and it’s awful.
    I like that you cooked the vegetables in the water with the fish drippings.

    Like

  2. Lisa @ cheergerm
    August 12, 2017

    Argh, I had that hideous lurg and cough about 6 weeks ago, really knocks you around. Hope you are on the road to recovery, this is great restorative food. (I hear you on farmed barramundi, hard to get anything other than that down here.)

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 14, 2017

      It’s been a doozy, but hopefully now I’m getting the better of it at long last. Shame they bugger up people’s palate expectations of ingredients by messing with production

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Francesca
    August 11, 2017

    Sorry to hear about the bug that has kept you so low. I wondered where you were as you have been rather quiet. I hope also that you are truly on the mend now. It is awful when you can’t taste the food you make- there’s no incentive for cooking.

    Hard to get ;real’ Barramundi- the farmed variety is very fatty too.

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 12, 2017

      It takes a lot to put me off my food but this bug has succeeded like no other, in fact it’s totally worn me down. Enjoy London, so much to see and do..

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Eha
    August 11, 2017

    Since flu-shots and I do not agree and I do not believe in them anyway am keeping myself largely to nature and not people: one more month to go 🙂 !! Love the classic recipe ‘your way’ and really must look more into those infused oils! Hope the improvement continues without stumbles . . . .

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2017

      Thanks Eha, hopefully I’ve got on top of this monster for good, definitely the worst I’ve ever experienced. Cobram brand have a range of infused oil that are gut friendly and add a great punch of flavour. Err on the side of moderation with the garlic oil, it’s quite pungeant..

      Like

  5. anne54
    August 11, 2017

    There are some nasty bugs around this winter, and I am sorry that one settled on you, refusing to leave. It is the simplicity of this recipe that appeals, and the clean flavours of the dressing.

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2017

      Thanks Ann. It’s been a bad winter for illness. Never had anything this prolonged or severe before but hopefully I’m on the home run now. The fish dish is simple and good

      Like

  6. katechiconi
    August 11, 2017

    I’m where you were a couple of weeks ago. The worst of the flu is past but the dreadful cough is keeping us both awake most of the night. I’ve got through several litres of home made chicken soup… This looks yummy, and a nice strong dose of garlic and ginger sounds just the ticket!

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2017

      Today I feel as if I’ve turned the corner, let’s hope it’s not false hopes. Few seem to escaped with a dose of this winter bug, everywhere you go people are coughing. Hopefully the warmer weather will send it packing.

      Like

      • katechiconi
        August 11, 2017

        I’m annoyed at getting as I was careful to have a flu shot at the beginning of winter. Obviously this is some new strain. If only the coughing would stop and I could get some sleep! Hope your recovery continues quickly with all that lovely garlic and ginger to speed it along 🙂

        Like

  7. Conor Bofin
    August 11, 2017

    Barramundi is not a fish we get in these here parts (as they say in the US). It looks delicious. I think a standard farmed sea bass would do the trick, if I could get one big enough to give chunky pieces like this.

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2017

      Any nice fleshy white fish would work well, I’m sure you’ll find a good substitute

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Hope you are soon on the mend. The end of last winter was terrible for colds that lingered, or reappeared just as you thought you getting better.

    This is exactly the type of food I crave when I am feeling ill.

    Like

  9. Ardys
    August 10, 2017

    This looks delicious. I wish I had a source of fish that was consistent, but then we are in 1500km from the sea!! I sure hope you are 100% soon. It has been a terrible winter for me, too, Sandra. I’ve had two different very nasty upper respiratory viruses, the first one lasted 3 weeks and the one I have now has lasted 2 weeks. If I hadn’t had lots of chicken and broth frozen I don’t know how I would have survived, I certainly didn’t feel like cooking much. Very best wishes to you. x

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2017

      Few seem to have escaped these winter bugs this year, they certainly suck the life out of you. I hope you’re feeling better soon Ardys x

      Like

  10. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    August 10, 2017

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been ill and hope you are now (truly) on the mend. Heat is making me slow and groggy, so I know how it must feel – though without the coughing and sniffles, thank goodness. Missed your posts and I thought something was up when there was no Ladyredspecks’ IMK post. Really love this simple fish dish. It’s something to add to the comfort food category.

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      August 11, 2017

      Thanks Debi, it’s been a particularly bad winter for bugs that refuse to be beaten. I think finally I’m getting the better of it, but I’m saying it very quietly.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. ladyredspecs
    August 10, 2017

    Thanks Liz, it’s a nasty bug, for sure. It’s killing all desire to do anything much. Hope you can keep it at bay…

    Like

  12. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    August 10, 2017

    PS lovely recipe.

    Like

  13. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    August 10, 2017

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been so unwell, love. Feel better soon, she said, clearing her sore throat. xxx

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: