Simmered Fish

Cleaning a barra

Cleaning a barra

Fish is good.  We love our pork and our chicken and our steaks but fish is good.  Some people regard fish as boring but there are hundreds of ways to cook fish to make it interesting and exciting.

In our case, we don’t eat fish as often as we really want to.  It is because we want to eat our fish fresh and we only go to the fish markets during the weekend, and only if we don’t have anything planned for the weekend.  Hence, everytime we get the chance to go there, we are sure to buy some seafood, to be cooked on the day, or the following day at the latest.

My mother loves eating this fish recipe, that forms part of my husband’s “list of expertise”.  It is indeed healthy and more importantly, delish! He normally uses Barramundi because it is fleshy and tasty.  So sorry however, that I wasn’t able to take a photo of the finished product, as I forgot lol.  What I have is a photo of the fish while it was being cleaned by my husband.  But I tell you, this recipe is goooooood.


about 1 kilo whole barramundi (or similar fish), cleaned and de-scaled (not sure if that’s how you call it, but I mean scales taken out), do not cut off the head and tail

6 cups of water

2 green onions, cut in pieces

about 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, finely chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 tablespoons oil

4 more green onions sliced thinly

thin slices of ginger

3 tablespoons soy sauce

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon sesame oil

What you need to do:

Score the fish, rinse and drain.  Set aside.

In a wok or a deep pan, boil your water.  Add the onions, finely chopped ginger, soy sauce and just 3 tablespoons of your oil.  Return to boil.

Gently place your fish onto the water.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and leave covered for about 25 minutes.

Carefully remove the fish and place on a serving plate.  Sprinkle your thinly sliced green onions and ginger on top of the fish.  Pour your soy sauce on top of the fish as well.  Set aside.

In a small pan, heat the 2 tablespoons oil with sesame oil until sizzling.  Pour over the fish.  Serve with rice.


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