Steaming It!
Esgee's Kitchen

Steaming It!


Steaming food is an old, traditional and nutritious way of cooking food. The following are some simple recipes that require steaming.

1. Steamed fish

Tilapia, Red Snapper and other medium-large fish may be used.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

Steaming It!
  • 1 fish [red snapper/small salmon, etc] fresh
  • Ginger 2 inch piece cut into thin slivers
  • 3 green onions cut length wise into 3-4 inch strips
  • A bunch of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil [preferably olive]
  • ½ teaspoon pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ lime

Prepare fish by washing and cleaning. Leave head and tail on. Make 3-4 cuts on either side of the fish.

Prepare marinade of olive oil, salt and pepper powder. Dip the fish in the marinade turning it over frequently so that the full fish is coated. Set aside.

Next take a steaming plate and arrange some of the ginger slivers and onion sticks in a row in the middle of the plate. Place the fish over this. Gently stuff the underside of the fish with the remaining ginger, cilantro and onions. Save some onions and cilantro for garnishing.

Place the plate inside a steamer and close with a lid. Steam it for approximately 12-15 minutes. Remove the plate carefully from flame and serve hot after squeezing lime over the fish and garnishing with cilantro and green onions.

2. Garlic Steamed Broccoli

Prep time: 7-8 minutes Cooking Time: 7 minutes

Steaming It!
  • 1 head broccoli chopped into florets
  • 2 flakes garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil [olive or sesame preferably]

Trim broccoli stalks to remove the hard outer layer. Wash broccoli florets thoroughly. Bring water to boil in a steamer. Place the broccoli to steam in the steamer and sprinkle the garlic and salt over it. Cover with lid. Allow to steam for 7 minutes.

In a shallow pan dry roast the sesame seeds till they pop. After 7 minutes, transfer the broccoli onto a serving plate and drizzle olive/sesame oil over it. Now sprinkle the sesame seeds over it. A bit of pepper powder may be added too. Serve hot.

3. Steamed Vegetable Pot

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

Steaming It!
  • 1 medium potato cubed small
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • ½ head cauliflower cut into florets
  • ½ cup green peas
  • Salt
  • Pepper powder
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • ½ tablespoon butter [optional]

Put all the vegetables together into a steaming pot and mix well. Add salt and pepper. Cover with lid and steam for 12-15 minutes.

Remove and add a blob of butter and mix well. Serve with grilled fish, paneer steak or chicken fry for your dose of vegetables.

PS. You may like to sprinkle some garlic powder over the steamed vegetables to make it more flavoursome!