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Steamed Salmon Belly with Ginger

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Salmon is well-known for its nutritional benefits which are too numerous to name here. Suffice to say, this simple preparation really highlights the natural succulence of the fish. It may seem like there is a lot of ginger, but the little flavoured massage and steam bath that this recipe gives to the ginger mix subdues its bite but leaves in the flavour.


For the sauce:
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar teaspoon
1/2 sesame oil

400g salmon belly, skinless (Salmon fillet would also be suitable.Try to buy wild salmon.)

For the ginger mix:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine (hua diao), or dry sherry 100g ginger, minced to a fine puree

For the garnish:
1 spring onion, finely shredded
1 red chilli, finely shredded (optional)


  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Wash the salmon well and place on a heatproof plate.
  • To make the ginger mix, pinch the salt and wine into the pureed ginger (using your fingertips) so that it is thoroughly mixed in. Spread the mix evenly over the top of the salmon. Steam the fish for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the fish from the steamer carefully and top with the spring onion and chilli (if using). Serve immediately with the sauce on the side.