Easy Steamed Fish Recipe

Steamed Lapu-Lapu is steamed fish (particularly Grouper) stuffed with lemon and ginger with sweet lemon-ginger sauce. Though simple, this recipe is beneficial to your health. Fish is a low calorie food that is also low in fat. Recent studies also concluded that eating fish regularly can cut the risk of death from heart disease by a third. There were even studies claiming that eating fish can lessen the risk of Prostate Cancer, Depression, and Inflamation (Omega 3 fatty acids are regarded on this).

Try this Steamed Fish (Lapu-Lapu) recipe.

Steamed  Fish Recipe

Steamed Fish Recipe


  • 1 medium sized Lapu-Lapu (Grouper fish), cleaned, scales removed, and salted
  • 4 slices of lemon (or dayap)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 3 tbsp ginger, cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest (either grated or thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup water

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Place the fish over an aluminum foil (the foil must be large enough to cover the entire fish)
  2. Stuff the fish with slices of lemon and 2 tbsp ginger strips then securely close the foil.
  3. Place the foil with fish in a steamer and steam for 20 to 30 minutes (this will depend on the size of the fish)
  4. While steaming, heat a saucepan and put-in the lemon juice.
  5. Add the sugar and stir until it fully dissolves in the lemon juice.
  6. Add water and bring to a boil.
  7. Put-in the lemon zest and 1 tbsp ginger strips then simmer until sauce becomes somewhat thick
  8. Remove the fish from the steamer and aluminum foil cover and place in a serving plate.
  9. Pour over the sauce and garnish with cilantro
  10. Serve hot. Share and enjoy.

Number of servings (yield): 3

Easy Steamed Fish Recipe was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by Vanjo Merano



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  1. Hey , thx for easy and good recipe very useful :)
    Keep it up good work!

  2. Looks good! Will try this for my lunch next week :D

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. chris says:

    can i use calamansi instead of lemon?

  4. denimjeans says:

    I’ve always loved this in Chinese restaurants! Now that I’m living so far away from Manila, I can’t have this readily! Thanks panlasangpinoy!

    But I’m wondering, can I do this for any white fish fillet?


  5. AL Tracy says:

    keep it up!

    request: tinolang manok

  6. Mmmm – this looks delicious and I love how easy it is to prepare!

  7. Hi AL, you can find our Chicken Tinola post under the chicken recipe category. Hope this helps.

  8. Yup, you can do that too denimjeans.

  9. Joel, I am refering to the lemon extract. You can also use calamansi extract for this recipe.

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