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Chinese Soy-Steamed Fish with Pistachio

308 Calories / 29 g Protein
plate topped with Chinese soy-steamed white fish with pistachio

Delicious, delicate, and company-worthy presentation. Go with cod or fancy halibut.

Difficulty: Intermediate Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 2 Calories: 308
Season: Suitable throughout the year


The herbs and soy dressing give this fish its Chinese influence and the roasted pistachios add the pizazz. If you have a steamer, perfect. If not, you can rig one. The fish steams as quickly as 8-10 minutes. It's lightly flavored and beautifully presented with fresh herbs. Enjoy!



  1. Put fish filet on a sturdy heatproof plate, salt lightly and set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, vinegar, water, erythritol, sesame oil and bean paste.

  3. If you have one, set up a steamer, large enough to accommodate the plate, with 2 inches of water in the bottom. Alternatively, use a large wok or deep, wide skillet fitted with a rack to keep the plate above the water.

  4. Bring water to a rapid boil over high heat. Lay the plate in the steamer. Spoon soy sauce mixture evenly over fish and cover with lid. Steam fish for 8 to 10 minutes, until cooked through. (It should flake easily with a fork.)

  5. Using a large spatula, carefully remove plate from steamer and set on a kitchen towel to blot moisture. Arrange scallions over the fish filet.

  6. In a small pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add ginger, let sizzle for about 15 seconds, then spoon ginger and hot oil over fish.

  7. Garnish with pistachios and cilantro sprigs, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 308kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1891mg79%
Potassium 904mg26%
Total Carbohydrate 23g8%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g58%

Vitamin A 1 IU
Vitamin C 10 mg
Calcium 4 mg
Iron 8 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


If you don’t have a steamer, use a large wok with a lid or a wide, deep skillet.

Serve with Shirataki rice for a pleasant, light meal.

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