Chinese Style Trout – Steamed and smoked in hot oil

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This insanely-simple exotic dish, inspired by the Chinese culinary sense, is passed on to my husband by a chef friend who runs his own restaurant.   All thanks to him, we have been enjoying this dish every since.   The soft, flaky fish wrapped with smoky oil and spring green gives such a delicate oriental taste to relish and remember forever.  The best news is that this is very easy to make and ready in just 20 mins , goes well as a perfect healthy version of lunch or dinner.

To further fire up the taste, you can add  some sort of pickle or simply, Chinese chili paste on the side.

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You will need:

 Rainbow Trout – whole fish1
Spring onion  – Class Aa bunch
Root ginger and garlic5 slices each
Soy sauce2 tbsp
Sessame oil – Blended1 tbsp
Salt1/2 tbsp
Oil2 tbsp

1st Step : Prepare the fish:

Clean and completely de-bone the fish, leaving only the main spinal bone.  You can do this with the aid of a pair of scissors.  Cut off the fins and scrape the scales off and place it on a plate. Cut the fish into two parts, if it is too long to fit on the plate. With a sharp knife, slash 2-4 deep crosses on the top of the fish and liberally sprinkle salt inside.

  • Cut out the spring onion bunch very finely
  • Slice up the ginger and garlic into thin pieces and place inside the deep cuts on the fish 
  • Sprinkle soy sauce all over
  • Spread spring onions on the top and inside the fish
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2nd step : Steam the fish

  • Cover and steam on very high flame for exactly 20 mins

Tips for steaming : Take a flat, wide pan and place a small side plate upside down.  Fill with water just below the brim.  Place the plate with fish on the small plate and cover the lid.  Steam the fish for 20 min all the way on high flame.  High flame help to boil water and emit steam in a steady flow.

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  • Exactly after 20 mins, open the lid, let the steam escape

3rd step : Smoke fish with hot oil

  • Now pour over 2 tbsps of cooking oil into a pan and heat up on high flame until it lets out smoke. This will take about 2 – 3 mins.   Immediately pour smoky, hot oil over the fish .  You will see the fish sizzling up and a mouth-watering aroma fills up in the kitchen
  • Done!!

Serve the fish along with spring onions over a dome of steamed rice, accompanied with Chinese chili paste on side.

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