Steamed Sea Bass with Chili, Lime, and Garlic Recipe

Steamed sea bass with lemon on plate

How to Make Steamed Sea Bass with Chili, Lime, and Garlic

You can't go wrong with a steamed sea bass cooked Thai-style! Served with a sweet and sour salsa made from Thai chilies, lime juice, and garlic.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • 1 medium-sized barramundi, (Asian sea bass) short enough to fit in a steamer
  • 3 tbsp garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 4 Thai hot chilies, or use mild red peppers, or a mix
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar, or other sugar, dissolved in a little water
  • ¼ cup coriander, cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 sprigs chinese celery


  1. Dissolve the coconut sugar in a little hot water, then mix it together with fish sauce, lime juice, chopped garlic, and hot chilies.
  2. Let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Steam the whole fish for 7 to 10 minutes or until fully cooked.

  4. Place on a serving platter with Chinese celery leaves and chopped stems.
  5. Add the chopped cilantro to the sauce and then spoon over the hot fish.
  6. Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!


  • Sugar: 8g
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  • Calcium: 243mg
  • Calories: 315kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 180mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 9mg
  • Potassium: 1463mg
  • Protein: 45g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 1264mg
  • Vitamin A: 1508IU
  • Vitamin C: 155mg
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