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Steamed Live Flounder (清蒸游水盲鰽)

Steamed Live Flounder (清蒸游水盲鰽)

清蒸游水盲鰽, or Steamed Live Flounder, is a classic and elegant Chinese dish that highlights the natural flavors and delicate texture of the fish. In Chinese cuisine, steaming live or very fresh fish is a revered technique, believed to bring out the best taste and texture. Here's a recipe to create this culinary delight at home, ensuring the fish's freshness and delicate flavors are front and center.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 1 whole live flounder cleaned and gutted (about 500g)
  • 3-4 slices of ginger
  • 2-3 stalks green onions sliced into long strips
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Additional ginger finely shredded, for garnish


Prepare the Fish:

  • Rinse the flounder thoroughly in cold water. Make sure it's properly cleaned and gutted.
  • Pat the fish dry with paper towels.

Prepare Steamer:

  • Fill a steamer or large pot with enough water for steaming and bring it to a boil.

Prepare the Fish for Steaming:

  • Place the flounder on a heatproof plate that fits into your steamer.
  • Place ginger slices and half of the green onion strips inside the cavity and on top of the fish.
  • Drizzle Shaoxing wine over the fish.

Steam the Fish:

  • Carefully place the plate in the steamer.
  • Cover and steam the fish for about 8-10 minutes, or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The exact time will depend on the size of the fish.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • While the fish is steaming, mix soy sauce, sesame oil, and a pinch of sugar in a small bowl.

Finish the Dish:

  • Once the fish is cooked, carefully remove the plate from the steamer.
  • Discard the ginger slices and green onion used for steaming.
  • Pour any accumulated steaming juices off the plate.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Drizzle the prepared soy sauce mixture over the fish.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and finely shredded ginger.
  • Top with the remaining fresh green onion strips.

Serve Immediately:

  • Serve the steamed flounder hot, ideally with steamed rice and other side dishes.

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