Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Steamed Fish

My mother gave me this little steamer that is just perfect for steaming a small amount of food.  She recently steamed both herring and butter fish and they were delicious. This is a simple and healthy way to eat fresh fish.  The herring is dipped in a soy-sugar-lime sauce served with fresh garden herbs, lettuce and rice.

Steamed Herring (serves 2-3)


6 fresh herring, scaled, gutted and washed well


1) Arrange the herring in the steamer.
2) Over medium heat with gently boiling water, steam the fish for 15-18 minutes.
3) Serve with soy-sugar-lime dipping sauce (see below).

Soy-Sugar-Lime Dipping Sauce


2 tsp light soy
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime juice


1) Mix soy, sugar and lime juice well.  You may adjust the ingredients according to your taste.  If you like it more salty add more soy, for more sweetness then add more sugar, and for more acidic taste add more lime juice.

My parents enjoy eating butter fish.  They eat these fish by simply steaming them and dipping them in a plain light soy sauce.  These fish have a sweet and buttery taste with hardly any bones.  This steamed fish is a delicious, simple and quick meal.

Steamed Butter Fish (serves 1-2)


2 butter fish (about 0.5 lb each), gutted, tail/fins trimmed and washed well


1) Arrange the butter fish in the steamer.
2) Over medium heat with gently boiling water, steam the fish for about 15 minutes or until the meat is white.  The meat will turn white when completely cooked.

*F/V (fishing vessel) Rimrack is a family owned fishing business located in beautiful Rye Harbor, NH.  They have passion and take pride in harvesting the best and freshest seafood to sell directly to you.  I know because I received these fish from them and you really cannot get them more fresh than this.  One minute these fish were swimming and the next they are on your table!  Thank you Rimrack for the amazingly fresh and tasty fish!!  Please support and buy from your local fishermen.  If you are interested in buying from F/V Rimrack please visit their website:   http://www.rimrackfish.com.  Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you.
*Please note that the herring is a bony fish.  If you are not used to eating bony fish this may not be the fish for you.  The butter fish has much less bones to pick through.  


  1. Where did you get the fresh herring? Steamed cá cháy thường (Reeves' shad) is considered an extremely luxury food in China, and I bet steamed Atlantic herring should be same good.

    Unfortunately I can only find preserved sour herring in New York.

  2. Hi YH,
    The herrings came from my local fisherman here in seacoast New Hampshire. Around here the herrings are used for baits. However, I like to eat them because they are tasty and I was lucky to get a hold of some! Thanh