Steamed White Fish In Ginger + Turmeric

steamed fish with turmeric and ginger

This is a delicious recipe from my book Perfect Digestive Health. I love the simplicity of the dish and the extraordinary flavour that marries so well with any type of seafood, especially delicate proteins such as fish.  You can choose to steam the fish in the classic French style en papilotte, that basically means “cooked in a bag”.  This method allows the food to hold in moisture and flavour as it steams inside it’s little pouch and it’s a clean and healthy way of cooking fish.  You can also wrap the fish in banana leaf if you can get it which makes for a wonderful presentation.  If you don’t have a steamer, you can also braise the fish in a frypan, adding a little splash of coconut water and then adding a lid to enhance the steaming effect.

What’s great about it:
The ingredients have been especially selected to help boost digestion and nourish the immune system. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, responsible for the distinct yellow colouring and the impressive list of health properties. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, detoxifying and amazing for digestive health. Turmeric has been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. It is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron. Lemongrass is packed full of anti oxidants, which promote healthy tissues and a strong immune system.  Coriander is a beautiful aromatic herb that really nurtures the body. Coriander can help to relieve nausea, support liver function and fight inflammation. Studies have shown that ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. This gut friendly spice stimulates digestion, gut motility and bowel function, while helping to relieve bloating, cramping and nausea. A recent study also found ginger to be as effective as pharmaceutical agents in relieving PMS pain in women.

The omega-3s DHA and EPA are absolutely essential in your diet and must be obtained from the foods we eat. Fish is high in omega 3′s that help support the health of every cell in the body. Omega 3′s play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Other health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure and help improve symptoms of arthritis. Essential Fatty Acids are needed for proper growth in infants and children, particularly for neural development, responsible for the optimum function of the retina and brain. Fish is also low in saturated fat and it is a complete source of protein.
Serves 2

1 tablespoon grated fresh galangal or ginger – I used galangal
1 tablespoon turmeric, grated
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
generous pinch of ground black pepper
2 x 200 g pieces white fish fillets (wild snapper or any white fish of your choice)
1 lime
1 bunch coriander – leaves and stalk finally chopped
1/4 cup water  r coconut water (if braising)

Combine ginger, turmeric, garlic, tamari, lime juice and olive oil into a bowl.  For a smoother paste I love using my mortar which combines the ingredients perfectly.
Fold in the finely chopped coriander root.
Add the fish fillet and coat well.
Wrap the fish individually using baking paper, foil or banana leaf.  Make sure it is really well sealed into a lovely neat little pocket.
Steam the fish for 10 minutes until cooked through and remove from the heat.
Serve immediately with your choice salad or vegetables.  I love my warm broccoli salad with kale, lime and roasted tamari almonds.

Heat a pan over a medium heat and add the fish fillet.
Pour in 1/4 cup of water or coconut water then place on the lid.
Reduce the heat.
Braise for 8 minutes – occasionally coating the fish with the delicious juices.
Serve with your choice of salad or vegetables.

Use saffron in place of turmeric.
Monte au beurre 1 teaspoon butter or coconut cream right at the end for a richer more decadent sauce.
Vegetarians can use organic silken tofu or tempeh in place of the fish.


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17 Responses to “Steamed White Fish In Ginger + Turmeric”
  1. Eva says:

    Thank you for also thinking of the vegetarians. xx

  2. Maureen says:

    How much ground powdered Turmeric should I use in place of the fresh grated? I’ve never bought fresh Turmeric and wouldn’t even know what to look for :)
    This recipe sounds so delicious, I can’t wait to try it.

    • Use 1 teaspoon ground turmeric Maureen. Ask your green grocer to get you the fresh stuff….I love adding mine to immune boosting juices made from orange, carrot, lemon, ginger, turmeric. x

  3. goodness that looks divine! so healthful too. i’m making this for dinner tomorrow night! looking forward to it.. nice healthy winter meal. x

  4. Debra says:

    Hi Teresa – my Hubby does like coriander is there any substitute ?

  5. oh my goodness! i cooked this for our dinner tonight and it truly is one of the most delicious meals i’ve ever made. incredibly delicious! this is going to be a regular in our house. the perfect example of delicious and healthy food done simply! thx x

  6. Sarah says:

    Cooked this for my mother and I last night, was divine and so simple. I also made your ricotta pancakes for breakfast and your cauliflower with white bean soup is becoming a regular in my house! thank you for providing such delicious and nourishing recipes!

  7. Jodi says:

    Made this for dinner tonight for my mum and I. Absolutely delicious. We both loved it and agree that it would have cost $$$ in a restaurant. I did the braised version in coconut water. Slowly working through all your online recipes and 80/20 book. :)

  8. Janet says:

    I just made this meal for dinner tonight – first time I have ever used fresh turmeric. My husband and I were just blown away with how fresh and flavoursome this meal was. I have not tried a Healthy Chef recipe yet that we have not loved. Thank you Teresa for sharing your skill with us and allowing us to enjoy good food!

  9. Ally says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Could you please post the nutrient breakdown for this recipe?


  10. Johanna says:

    This was such a delicious scrumptious and healthy recipe, my partner and I loved it!
    Thankyou x

  11. Vanessa says:

    Thank you for the yummy recipe. I put garlic, ginger and tumeric to mortar one by one after they are smooth. I added plum sugar into it a bit as well.

  12. Fee says:

    This meal was absolutely delicious. Had it as suggested with the broccoli and kale salad aswell as sweet potato chips. Will definately make again

  13. Jessica says:

    Mmmmmm Sounds delicious. I will share this one with my tribe :)

  14. Natalie says:

    Sorry – by steaming do you mean wrap it in the baking paper then place it in the top basket/pot over a pot of boiling water?

  15. Vicki says:

    Thankyou for this amazingly delicious fish recipe. My steak and 3 veg husband loved it. So easy and healthy.

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