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Steamed Black Bass with Ginger and Scallions

Stacking fish and vegetables in a multilevel steamer lets you cook everything simultaneously. Red snapper or trout are good alternatives to black bass.

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  • Servings: 2

Photography: Andrew Purcell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2011


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted-sesame oil
  • 2 whole black bass (1 1/2 to 2 pounds each; 1 1/2 inch thick), scaled and gutted, gills removed
  • 1 piece (2 inches) peeled fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 5 scallions, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large red onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 large sweet potato, very thinly sliced, preferably on a mandoline
  • 8 ounces Broccolini, trimmed, and halved lengthwise if thick


  1. Whisk together soy sauce and sesame oil in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Cut a few slits into the fish on both sides using a sharp paring knife. Transfer to dish; turn to coat.

  2. Toss ginger with scallions; stuff some into each fish cavity. Spread remaining mixture on top of fish. Let stand, covered, spooning marinade over fish often, for 30 minutes.

  3. Bring water to a boil in a large skillet or wok. Arrange red onion on bottom layer of a 12-inch bamboo steamer. Remove fish from marinade with ginger-scallion mixture still on top, and arrange side by side on onion; reserve marinade. Spread sweet potato and Broccolini on separate sides of the top layer.

  4. Set stacked steamer in skillet. Steam, covered, until fish is cooked through and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, bring marinade to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook until reduced by half. Strain through a fine sieve. Serve fish and vegetables with reduced sauce.

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