Steamed barramundi with shiitake rice


  • Serves 4 people

If you fancy some greens with this fresh, light fish dish, add a handful of choy sum or gai lan to the steamer basket along with the fish.

  • 4 skinless barramundi fillets (200gm each)
  • 70 ml Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 30 gm ginger, cut into julienne
  • To serve: thinly sliced spring onion and thinly sliced red birdseye chilli
  • Shiitake rice
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil or other mild-flavoured oil
  • 100 gm shiitake mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 200 gm (1 cup) jasmine rice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) hot chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
01   For shiitake rice, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add mushrooms, spring onion, ginger and garlic and sauté until just tender (2-3 minutes), then add rice and stir to coat. Add stock, soy sauce and 2 tbsp water, bring to the boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stand for 5 minutes.
02   Meanwhile, place fish on a plate in a steamer basket, drizzle with Shaoxing, soy sauce and sesame oil, top with ginger and season to taste. Cover and steam over a saucepan of boiling water until fish is opaque (4-5 minutes). Serve with shiitake rice scattered with spring onion and chilli.
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