Southern China: Steamed Grouper with Ginger & Yellow Beans


  • 2 lb fish (either Grouper, John Dory, or any other fish of your choice)*
  • 100g fresh ginger root, julienned into very fine matchsticks
  • 5 spring onions – using the lower half only split lengthwise and cut into 2 inch strands
  • 1 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 2 tbsps of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of fermented yellow beans (from your local Chinese supermarket)
  • * Get your fishmonger to clean the fish, removing the guts, the gills and scales.


  1. Score the fish 3 times – deeper if you are using a large fish, don’t bother if you are using a small one.
  2. Pour half the soy sauce in the cavity.
  3. Drizzle the peanut oil over the outside of the whole fish.
  4. Lay the fish on a steaming plate – any fish sized plate will do.
  5. Sprinkle over the length of the fish, in turn – ginger, spring onions, yellow beans, remainder of the soy sauce.
  6. Place the fish on the plate in a steamer 8 to 10 minutes or until done.
  7. Serve immediately with steamed rice and some stir fried mustard greens.