Vietnamese-Style Fish

Vietnamese-Style Fish

Cod is tender and perfectly cooked when steamed in the microwave. We love topping it with a tangy Vietnamese-inspired vinaigrette and serving it with rice noodles.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

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

Prep Time

6 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

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  • 2 4-6oz cod fillets
  • ½ inch piece (13g) ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt, to taste

Nuoc cham

  • ½ medium thai or fresno chili, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • Garnish: fresh chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts, and bean sprouts


  1. Combine cod, ginger, half the garlic, oil, soy sauce, and salt in the Anyday dish. Stir to coat. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). 
  2. Cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, or until fish is just cooked through.
  3. Make nuoc cham: in a separate bowl, mix together chili, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, half of garlic, turmeric, shallot, and water. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Spoon nuoc cham over fish to serve. Garnish with cilantro, peanuts, and bean sprouts.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Substitute cod for any other type of white fish, such as halibut.
  • Serve with rice or noodles.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.