Steamed Sea Bass with Chili, Lime, and Garlic Recipe

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Eva Modified: March 5, 2021
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
  • :
  • 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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