Steamed Murray cod with red chilli oil

Adam Liaw
Steamed Murray cod with red chilli oil.
Steamed Murray cod with red chilli oil. Photo: William Meppem

This version of the classic Chinese steamed fish is covered with a vibrant red chilli oil to represent fire in the 2016 Chinese zodiac.

Ingredients

1-2 small Murray cod (about 800g), cleaned

¼ tsp salt

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp shao hsing Shaoxing wine

pinch of sugar

2cm ginger, peeled and very finely shredded

2 spring onions, roots removed and very finely shredded

2cm ginger, peeled and very finely shredded

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup loosely packed coriander leaves, to serve

Red chilli oil

½ cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns

4 large dried red chillies, deseeded and cut into 1cm lengths

2 tbsp chilli bean paste 

Method

1. Place your steamer over a pot of water over medium heat and bring to the boil. Season the fish all over with salt and place in a shallow serving dish that will fit inside your steamer. Mix together the soy sauce, wine and sugar and pour over the fish. Scatter with half of the shredded ginger. Place the dish into the steamer, cover the steamer and steam for 8 to 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through.

2. Remove the fish from the steamer, scatter with the remaining ginger, spring onion and garlic, and spoon over the juices collected in the dish.

3. For the hot chilli oil, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or saucepan over medium heat, add the Sichuan peppercorns, red chillies and chilli bean paste. Stir well, then carefully pour the hot oil over the fish, and particularly over the raw ginger and garlic. Scatter with the coriander and serve.