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Steamed Fish With Garlic, Lime, and Chilies

Thai style Steamed Fish With Garlic, Lime, and Chilies is one of my favorite ways to steam fresh fish. This is a “must order” dish for me when I dine at any of my favorite Thai food restaurants that has it in their menu. The fish is usually served whole; but, here I have opted to use Barramundi fillets instead. This is a quick dish to prepare, it will take less than 20 minutes from prep, cook, to serve! Just make sure you have some steamed rice to go with it. Enjoy.

Steamed Fish With Garlic, Lime, and Chilies
(Printable Recipe)


2 Barramundi Fillets (230-250 g)
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp Freshly Squeeze Lime Juice
5 to 8 Thai Bird’s Eye Chilies, chopped
¼ Cup Chicken Stock or Water
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 tsp Sugar
Scallions, for garnish
Coriander, for garnish
Lime Slices, for garnish


In a small bowl, mix the garlic, lime juice, chilies, stock or water, fish sauce, and sugar.

Arrange the fish in an oven or stovetop proof plate and pour the garlic mixture over the fish.

Steam the fish on high heat for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the fish is fully cook.

Serve the fish immediately with the garnishes.

Serves 4


  1. That looks amazing, I love the colors ~ so fresh! I am growing those chilis in my garden right now, I can't wait. Saving this for later. Great post, thank you ~LeslieMichele

  2. Really, really beautiful, and I really, really mean it! GREG

  3. Oh my that looks delicious. I made something very similar last week. I never thought to add lime. I will next time. Thank you.


  4. I love this type of steam fish and just the title is making my mouth water. I would add shredded lime leaves and thinly sliced lemongrass with my version.

  5. I'm only just starting to play around with different ways to prepare fish, so I'll be giving this one a try soon enough. The thought of using Bird’s Eye Chilies is what sold me on this recipe. love the heat.

  6. I really love this recipe! I'm definitely going to try it tonight! :)

  7. It is surely yummy n healthy!

  8. hellow.. just wondering u said fish sauce rite what king of fish sause to use cause i want to buy it in supermarket later..


  9. @fenteh: Hah! I just had the steamed fish for dinner. Anyway, the fish sauce brand is Squid from Thailand.


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