Steamed Halibut with Cilantro

Serve this accompanied by steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables.
  • 4 halibut fillets or steaks
  • a large bunch of fresh cilantro
  • a one inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
To garnish:
  • fresh cilantro sprigs
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
To serve:
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Make a couple of slashes across both sides of each halibut fillet or steak. Line the bottom of a bamboo steamer with half the cilantro and a few slices of green onion and ginger. Put the fish on top and cover with more green onion and ginger and the remaining cilantro. (If there isn't room to put the fish in one single layer in the steamer, use a double-tiered steamer or steam in batches, keeping the cooked fish warm.) Cover the steamer and put it over a pan of simmering water. Steam until tender. As a rough guide, cook the fish for ten minutes for each inch of thickness, measuring the fish at its thickest point.

Remove and discard the cilantro, green onions and ginger and transfer the halibut to a warmed serving dish. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro and slices of green onion and put the soy sauce in a small bowl for dipping. Serve immediately.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
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