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


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

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

  3. Looks good! Will try this for my lunch next week 😀

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. can i use calamansi instead of lemon?

  5. 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?


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

  7. AL Tracy says:

    keep it up!

    request: tinolang manok

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

  9. Yup, you can do that too denimjeans.

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