Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise > Easy Filipino Recipe | (2024)

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Level up your simple steamed fish into this colorful and tasty Steamed fish with Mayonnaise! Perfect for Lapu-lapu(grouper) Maya-maya(snapper) or Tilapia!

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It's actually been ages since I last had a taste of this steamed fish with mayonnaise dish. It is almost like a forgotten memory that suddenly resurfaced while I was brainstorming for ideas on what to do with the fish that has been sitting in our freezer for far too long.

My mama used to make this dish using Lapu-lapuor red grouper on special occasions like Fiesta or Christmas when we were still kids. So somehow I associate this dish with the 80's (yes, I am still part of the Millennials)! But I think it is time to give it a comeback, well at our table at least.

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I didn't have a red grouper, only this red snapper (I am pretty sure that is what it is) which also has a mild flavor and firm meat so it is also perfect for steaming. I got it frozen and the scales already removed from the Asianstore where we usually get our Asianfoodstuff. All I had to do was wash it, season it and it went directly to the steamer, so practical.

It is also the perfect time for reviving this dish because it is the Lent season. In the Philippines, it is a common tradition to avoid eating pork, beef or even chicken during this time as a form of fasting. In a country having more than 7,000 islands where fish is abundant, it used to be the common everyday food and meat used to be a luxurious indulgence.Maybe not anymore in many places but this is still true in some remote islands.

The opposite is true here in Germany, eating fish or seafood is usually considered a luxury, and how I miss the variety of fishes we have in the Philippines. But for now, this will do!

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If you want more fish recipes, I also didrecipes for bacon-wrappedPangasiusfillet, fish steak (Tanigue) and bakedSalmonwith spinach.

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Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise

5 from 2 votes

Level up your simple steamed fish into this colorful and tasty Steamed fish with Mayonnaise! Perfect for Lapu-lapu (grouper) Maya-maya (snapper) or Tilapia!

Prep Time: 5 minutes mins

Cook Time: 30 minutes mins

Total Time: 35 minutes mins

Course :Main Course

Servings =3

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  • 1 big whole fish (Snapper, Grouper or Tilapia) - scaled and gutted
  • salt and pepper - for rubbing
  • ½ lemon - cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs - yolks and whites separated then both chopped finely
  • 1 medium carrots - julienned
  • ¼ cup pickles - julienned or use pickle relish
  • 1 small red bell pepper - julienned


  • Wash the fish with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

  • Rub both sides of the fish with salt and pepper.

  • Dip the lemon wedges with some salt and pepper and stuff these into the cavity (stomach and head).

  • Steam fish for about 30 minutes.

  • Add the carrot and red bell pepper slices in the steamer with the fish and steam for the last 10 minutes.

  • Once the fish is done, remove the steaming bowl from heat. Transfer the carrots and bell pepper in a small bowl and remove lemon wedges in the cavity then let the fish cool down a bit.

  • Cover the top of the fish with mayonnaise then turn it over onto a serving platter so that the covered part now facing down on the plate.

  • Spread mayonnaise all over the top of part of fish. Arrange toppings over mayonnaise as desired.


Calories: 582kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 5gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 635mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4415IUVitamin C: 42.2mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.8mg

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  1. Pinoy Tambayan says

    Thanks Admin For that great tips of cooking i like that very much. Keep it up.


  2. Flor Mones says

    Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise > Easy Filipino Recipe | (17)
    My daughter wants me to cook the fish that she bought with mayonnaise so I Google it and found your recipe. It's been ages since we tasted it in a wedding party .. Thanks for the easy recipe.


    • Bebs says

      Thanks for the 5 stars, Flor. It is indeed a classic and we are happy that you enjoyed it.


Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise > Easy Filipino Recipe | (2024)


Why is steamed fish good? ›

Steaming on a plate also helps prevent the fish from falling apart once cooked and it preserves the sauces and keeps the fish tender. Enjoy with some steamed vegetables and white rice for a light yet filling meal.

How long should I steam my fish? ›

Put at least 1 inch of water in the bottom of a steamer, cover and bring to a boil. Lay the fish on the steamer's rack, making sure the rack is elevated above the water, and cover again. Steam 4 to 8 minutes, or until the fish is done. (A good-size halibut steak may take 10 or even 12 minutes.)

What fish is best for steaming? ›

Some of my favorites are rockfish, black cod, and black tilapia. You may need to adjust the timing depending on the size of your fish. Generally speaking, for 1-1.5 lb, you will cook the fish for 10-12 minutes, and for 1.5-2, you will cook for 15-20 minutes.

What makes fish taste better? ›

Also, you can marinate the fish in a mixture of lemon juice, vinegar, and water for 30 minutes. This will help to neutralize the fishy taste. Cooking the fish using a cooking method that will not allow the fishy flavor to become pronounced, such as grilling, baking, or steaming can help as well.

Can you overcook fish in a steamer? ›

You can adjust up and down by 60 seconds depending on the size and type of fish. If it's overcooked, the meat will be too tough. The skin may also break. If it's undercooked, then there will be blood / red juices in the meat (which my dad said some people prefer, actually.)

Can you overcook steamed fish? ›

Steaming fish is one of my favorite simple ways to cook fish at home: It's a beautiful technique for a perfectly-cooked fish and so easy to execute without a lot of equipment. Steam cooks the fish delicately—it's always moist, even if you overcook it a little.

How do you make a homemade steamer? ›

First, take three sheets of aluminum foil and roll them up into baseball-sized balls. Place them on the bottom of the pot, and pour in about an inch of water. Then rest the plate on top of the foil balls, and add whatever food you're trying to steam to the plate. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and steam away.

What goes well with steamed fish? ›

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What happens if you steam fish for too long? ›

Overcooked fish loses its natural moisture, which can result in a dry and chewy texture. The proteins in the fish also begin to tighten, which can make the fish tough and rubbery.

Do you steam fish skin up or down? ›

Place fish fillets on a plate, skin side down, inside a steamer basket. Scatter with ginger, garlic and half the spring onion. Steam, covered, over a pot of simmering water for 8 minutes or until just cooked.

Can you put fish in a steamer? ›

Steaming is a widely used method for cooking fish and shellfish. With minimal added seasoning, this cooking method keeps all the taste and texture of seafood.


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