Teochew Style Steamed Fish Recipe with Seven Star Grouper

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Teochew Style Steamed Fish Recipe with Seven Star Grouper

Teochew style steamed fish recipe or Resep Tim Ikan Ala Tio Ciu in Bahasa is so easy to replicate in your home, the freshness of the fish is the key of slurrping delicious steaming fish. Teochew style steamed fish is a very tasty and refreshing dish compare to the cantonese style steamed fish. Teochew style steamed fish usually seasoned with garlic, ginger, scallion and light soy sauce, it’s sounds like almost the same with the cantonese, but wait a minute, the starlight of the seasoning is the salted vegetables (preserved mustard green or radish), tomato and also salted plum.

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Teochew or Chiuchow Style Steamed Seven Star Grouper Fish Recipe

Teochew or Chiuchow style steamed fish got a kicking broth because the salted plum and tomato give a tangy sensation to the broth and it’s blended with the savoury and salty preserved and salted vegetables. Thinly sliced chillies enrich dripping liquid with a touch of spicy flavour. I guess most of Indonesia descent like me would love any kind of spicy, sour and salty fish. Some people like to add thinly sliced lard, bacon or pork belly which is rendered before steaming, but since i wanna my chinese style steamed fish lean, healthy and low in calories, i omit this ingredients and replace it with chinese sausage or lap cheung.

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Steamed Leopard Coral Trout or Seven Star Grouper in Teochew Style

I’m using seven star grouper for making this Teochew or Chaozhou style steamed fish Seven star grouper got many names, it’s called as coral trout or leopard coral grouper in Australia and mostly Wastern Country, Seven star grouper it’s famous high end for steaming fish name in Hongkong, Malaysia and also Singapore. We used to called this vividly red beautifull fish as kerapu lodi or kerapu merah in Indonesia, which is translated as red grouper in Bahasa. Even the  flesh of the seven star grouper is not as firm and succulent as chinese silver pomfret which is commonly used to be steamed in teochew style, nothing compare seven star grouper natural sweetness.I purchased this live red coral trout or seven star grouper fo about 18 USD for about 400 grams (42 USD/Kg) in Grand Lucky Supermarket, Jakarta.

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Preserved Salted Vegetables (Chinese Radish)

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White, Sweet and Succulent Red Seven Star Grouper with Tangy and Salty Broth Teochew Style

The freshness of the fish is the key for making a delicious steaming fish without any muddy aromas.  First, you should choose the freshly catch fish or live fish that swimming in the tank is preferred. Rub and also brush throughly the fish upper cavity ribs area, below the fish back bone, there’s a blackish dark red organ which is actually the fish kidney that should be fully removed or your steamed fish gonna be muddy and fishy. Some people like to steamed the fish twice. Firstly, the fish was steamed until half done, and then the dripping liquid is discarded, after that  the rest of the ingredients added and the fish is steamed until done. I’ve never discard the liquid once i handle a live fish (except freshwater fish) because you just discarded the nutritional juice from the fish, what a waste.

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Steamed Fish with Salted Plum, Preserved Vegetables, Chilli, Ginger, Mushrooms, Tofu and Tomatoes (Teochew Style)

Eating steamed fish or steaming food diet it’s a part of a healty living. Steaming food preserved it’s natural taste and most of it’s nutrients  withoud adding enormous ammount of unnecessary calories. Don’t you know that deep frying fish can triple it’s calories??? Don’t be shock that deep fried fish infact left only half amount of it’s proteins and vitamins due to high heating that can reach about 180C compare to 100 C of steaming process. Beside, the natural unsaturated fatty acid mostly retain in steaming process. Unsaturated Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid  considered as a GOOD FAT that cleanse clotted cholestrol or BAD FAT in your capilary. I guess it’s better be increased  steaming food intake in your daily life from now on. Boring taste of steamed fish it’s not an excuse now, it’s before you try thi s teochew or Chiuchow style steamed fish (grouper)

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Teochew Style Steamed Fish Recipe with Seven Star Grouper Fish

Teochew  Style Steamed Fish (Seven Star Grouper) Recipe:

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Teochew Style Steamed Fish Seasoning Ingredients


  • 1 medium-sized live seven star grouper (400-500 gr), you can substitute it with other white flesh fish that suitable for steaming
  • 1 pack silken tofu, cubed
  • 2 dried chinese mushrooms, soaked 1o minutes, drained, thinly slices
  • 50 gr lotus root, thinly slices *optional
  • 2 slice of bacon or pork belly, renderred the fat with low heat skillet (i’m using 1 chinese sausage instead)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tomatoes, halved and then sliced each half into quarters
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 slice salted apreserved vegetables (about 50 gr), rinsed and soaked for about 10 minutes, drained
  • 2 salted plums, rinsed (usually available in Asian grocery stored, sold in jars)
  • 4 cm (tiny thumb size) ginger, thinly slices
  • 2 stalks scallions, thinly slices
  • 2 cayenne chilli pepper, deseeded, jullienned
  • 2 bird’s eye chilli peppers, chopped
  • 4 tbsps water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tbsp light fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Garnish: thinly sliced chilli and scallion, soaked in cold water until curled and patted dry before use

How to Make Teochew Style Steamed Fish (Seven Star Grouper):

  • Gutted, scalled and remove the fish gills, rub and discard the blackish dark red part in the fish upper ribs area (below the back bone)
  • Wash and clean the fish under running water
  • Pat dry the excess moisture using kitchen paper, set aside
  • Butterfly the fish from the belly and revove the pin bones with clean tweezer or pliers, you can see the instruction how to butterfly the roundfish from the belly side
  • Season the fish with salt, pepper and lemon juice, set aside
  • Place the cubed tofu in the bottom of the heat proof pyrex bowl, put the butterflied fish on top of it
  • Put the remaining teochew style steamed fish ingredients over it
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Fully Loaded Steamed Fish in Teochew Style with Lots and Lots of Tomatoes, i’m Feeling Slimmer Already!!!

  • Steamed it for about 10-12 minutes, according to the size of your fish
  • Put the teochew style steamed fish in a serving bowl and garnish
  • Served it with steaming hot rice

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Pan Fried Seabass in Black Cumin and Sesame Crusted with Roasted Stuffed Jalapeno pepper, Pumpkin Purée and Balsamic Reduction

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Fried Seabass in Black Cumin and Sesame Crusted Recipe with Roasted Rice Stuffed Jalapeno

Fried Seabass in Black Cumin and Sesame Crusted Recipe with Roasted Rice Stuffed Jalapeno. Black sea bass (Centropristis striata) is an exclusively marine fish. It is a type of Grouper (Serranidae) found more commonly in northern than in southern ranges. It inhabits the coasts from Maine to NE Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. There are three large biomass populations of black sea bass—the Mid-Atlantic stock, from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, the South Atlantic stock, from Cape Hatteras to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, and the Gulf of Mexico stock, from the southern tip of the Florida peninsula to Texas. They can be found in inshore waters (bays and sounds) and offshore in waters up to a depth of 130 m (425 ft). They spend most of their time close to the sea floor and are often congregated around bottom formations such as rocks, man-made reefs, wrecks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.

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This fish is much more expensive than wild salmon fillet that ruin your pocket arond 25 USD per kg. This baby boy is cost avout 30 USD for ONLY 350 grams. Two lovely seabass fillet with around 175 grams each. I can get this two pieces fillet with vaccum packed fom a local hotel supplier and i was saving to get that in my hand..Hehehe, but it totally worthed. The first dish i cooked with seabass fillet is Resep Pan Fried Pistachio Crusted Black Seabass Fillet ala Dentist Chef.

recipe seabass cumin sesame crusted recipe pumpkin puree roasted stuffed jalapeno pepper

Ikan seabass adalah sejenis ikan mahal yang sering disajikan dalam makan malam  resmi  atau fine dining di restoran fancy. Fillet ikan ini berwarna putih and memiliki tekstur pada dan rasa yang sangat gurih. Seperti kebanyakan seafood lainnya, cara memasak ikan ini adalah metode cepat karena anda pasti tidak akan mau mengeluarkan dana lebih untuk daging ikan yang kering jika fillet ikan ini overooked. Oleh sebab itu timing adalah kunci sukses memasak fillet ikan

Ingredients :
Cumin and black sesame crusted seabass fillet recipe:
  • 2 boneless skinless blackseabass fillet, i use  only 1
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp black cumin
  • 1 tbsp black sesame
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil (olive oil with sprayer)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala, Seasoning Herbs & Spice mixture : pinch of blackpepper,cumin, fennel seed, caraway, rosemarry, thyme, green cardamon husk, grind into fine powder

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black sesame and black cumin for seabass fillet crusted, can you note the diffrence ?

Roasted jalapeno pepper with roasted pumpin rice recipe :

  • 1 mediun size jalapeno pepper
  • 3 tbsp mashed roasted pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp cooked rice
  • 1 tsp butter/margarin
  • salt and pepper to taste

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roasted jalapeno pepper with rosted pumpkin and rice stuffing !

Pumpkin Purée recipe :

  • 100 gr roasted pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Reduced Balsamic Vinegar:

  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

Instruction :

1. How to make pumpkin Purée :

  • Put roasted pumpkin, heavy cream and butter in blender, proccess until had a smooth consistency.
  • Strained through sieve, set aside and keep warm

2. How to make balsamic vinegar Reduction :

  • Mix balsamic vinegar and honey on a heavy bottom non stick  sauce pan,
  • bring to boil, reduce with a very low heat untih thicken into half amount, set aside

3. How to make roasted jalapeno pepper with roasted pumpin rice recipe :

  • Cut the top of the part of jalapeno pepper, deseeded,
  • Rub with salt all over the jalapeno pepper, washed in running water, drained
  • Combine the roast pumpkin, rice, cream, butter, salt and pepper
  • Put the stuffing mixture in the jalapeno pepper cavity
  • Applied the toothpick from the top throug the bottom of the jalapeno pepper
  • Roast in oven for about 20 minutes in 200 degree celcius.
  • Set aside, keep warm
  • remove the tooth pick before serving

4. How to make Pan seared seabass with black cumin and black sesame crusted :

  • Season the fish fillet with spice & herbs mixture, salt and lime juice, marinade about 15 minutes
  • Applie the dijon mustard in the skin side, dip into the mixture of black sesame and black cumin.
  • Heat the olive oil until smoking hot, seared the skin side of the fish for 2 minutes, flip over and seared another 2 minutes
  • Remove the fish fillet from the, serve with roasted jalapeno, pumpkin puree and balsamic reduction

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