Steamed red gilthead

My absolute favorite Chinese New Year entrée! It’s as delicious as my mother’s!


Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 555 / Protein 36g / Carbohydr. 7g / Fat 43g

Ingredients (2 servings)

30 gginger (divided)
4 clovesgarlic (divided)
1bell pepper (red)
4 stalksgreen onion (divided)
1red gilthead (whole)
5 tbspvegetable oil
2 tbspsoy sauce (seasoned for seafood)


large saucepan, plate for serving, steamer, cutting board, knife, large pot

Wine Tip

Torrontes, Spain
This dry white wine, with its fruity and floral notes, harmonizes wonderfully with gilthead.

Step 1

Steamed red gilthead

Cut half of ginger and garlic into thin slices. Julienne bell pepper. Cut half of green onion into index finger-length strips. Make two diagonal slits on each side of fish. Sprinkle with salt and pour wine on top.

cutting board, knife

15 g ginger / 2 cloves garlic / 1 bell pepper / 2 stalks green onion / 2 tbsp white wine / 1 red gilthead / salt

Step 2

Steamed red gilthead

Stuff fish with chopped green onions, ginger, and garlic slices.

Step 3

Steamed red gilthead

Julienne remainder of ginger, garlic, and green onion.

15 g ginger / 2 cloves garlic / 2 stalks green onion

Step 4

Steamed red gilthead

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and place steamer on top. Lay fish on top of steamer and steam for approx. 8 min. Then, turn off heat and continue to steam for approx. 3 min. Transfer fish to plate for serving and carefully drain excess liquid. Garnish with julienned vegetables. Now, heat up vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Pour hot oil over fish and sprinkle soy sauce on top. Enjoy!

large saucepan, plate for serving, steamer, large pot

5 tbsp vegetable oil / 2 tbsp soy sauce