Dave Chang's Steamed Ginger-Scallion Fish

Dave Chang's Steamed Ginger-Scallion Fish

This classic Cantonese dish proves that less is often more. Dave's version does away with steamers and water baths for a simple preparation that brings out the fish's delicate natural flavor. Finish it with a hit of hot peanut oil, which lightly fries and brings out the fragrance of the ginger and scallions.

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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

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  • 1 4oz (115g) fillet of white fish (bass, halibut, cod, or black cod), ideally skin-on and narrow in size
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon agave
  • ½ tablespoon shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • ½ inch knob of ginger, peeled, half cut into thin slices, half julienned
  • 1 scallion, half julienned, half cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil


  1. Place the fish skin-side up in the Anyday dish. Add soy sauce, agave, shaoxing wine, the ginger cut into thin slices, and the scallions cut into 1” pieces into the dish and toss to coat fish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

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    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 4-5 minutes, or until the fish is just barely cooked through and is tender when poked with a chopstick. Let it rest for 2 minutes with the lid on to gently continue steaming.
  3. While the fish is cooking, heat the oil in a small saucepan on the stove until hot, but not smoking.
  4. Remove the Anyday lid and scatter the julienned ginger and scallions on top of the fish. Pour hot oil directly over the fish, ginger and scallions — you should hear a loud sizzle as the oil hits them. Serve over rice, making sure to spoon extra sauce over the fish!

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Enjoy with steamed white or brown rice or serve with steamed cauliflower rice for a low carb meal.
  • Add some chili crisp or oil over the finished dish for some heat.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.