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Steamed Stuffed Fish

Steamed Stuffed Fish is a quick and easy whole fish dish that you can put together in a few minutes. It's so delicious especially when dipped in a lemon - soy sauce -chili sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: dorade, steamed fish, steamed recipe, stuffed fish
Servings: 2 whole fish
Author: Mia


  • 1 ½ kilo fresh dorade fish (2 medium-sized) you can also use tilapia (cleaned and gutted)
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp rock salt

For dipping sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 red chili


  • Rinse the fish in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. With a knife, cut a slit diagonally near the fin. Season the fish inside and out with salt.
  • Stuffed half of the chopped onion and tomato in one fish and the other half in the second fish.
  • Place each fish on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Carefully seal all edges of the foil to form enclosed packets.
  • Pour water into a wok or stockpot and set a steamer in the wok or on the rim of the stockpot. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the steamer. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  • Place the aluminum foil holding the fish in the steamer, cover, and steam for about 30 minutes.
  • While the fish is steaming, in a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, lemon juice, and 1 chili. Set aside.
  • Remove the fish from the steamer and place it on a plate. Carefully open the top of the aluminum foil and serve. Bon Appetit!


When steaming fish in aluminum foil you can brush the fish with some olive oil to avoid fish sticking to foil.
Most markets sell fish that have already been scaled and gutted. If a fish has not been cleaned, you can ask the fishmonger to clean it for you.