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Meet tilapia – a freshwater gem that's all about mildness, leaving behind any trace of fishiness. And the best part? It's a budget-friendly choice that's ready to grace your plate with its delicate flavor profile.

Imagine a harmonious blend of flavors – the tender embrace of tilapia, the richness of black beans, the aromatic dance of garlic, and the gentle hint of ginger. This dish is a journey of tastes, where every ingredient plays its part in creating a symphony of satisfaction.

The star here is the tender fish, cocooned in the embrace of its companions. As steam works its magic, the tilapia becomes a canvas, allowing its mildness to shine through, elevated by the nuanced soy-based sauce. This isn't just a meal; it's an experience that captures the essence of simplicity and flavor.

And let's talk about convenience. With just a handful of ingredients and a quick steaming process, you're rewarded with a dish that's not only easy on your time but also on your pocket. It's a testament to the fact that culinary magic doesn't require elaborate steps or expensive ingredients.

So, whether you're a seasoned food explorer or a curious novice, our Steamed Black Bean Tilapia recipe welcomes you. It's a celebration of flavors that captivates your taste buds and leaves you craving more. Get ready to embark on a journey that's as delightful as it is delicious – where tender fish meets the charm of black beans, garlic, and ginger, resulting in a dish that's an ode to simplicity and indulgence.


  1. 500g Tilapia

  2. 1 Thumb Sized Ginger

  3. Shao Xing Wine

  4. 1tb Rock Sugar

  5. Sesame Seed Oil

  6. 1tb of Fermented Black Beans

  7. Light Soy Sauce

  8. 1te Fish Sauce

  9. 1 Scallion

  10. 5 Cloves of Garlic


  1. Peel and slice 1 thumb sized piece of ginger into thin slices.

  2. Place your tilapia on a heat proof plate and stuff your tilapia with your ginger slices. Rub the tilapia with some shao xing wine to help get rid of that fishy smell.

  3. Mash up 1tb of black bean.

  4. Mince up 5 cloves of garlic and mix together with the black bean along with 1tb of light soy sauce and a bit of sesame seed oil.

  5. Rub the mixture onto the tilapia.

  6. Place the plate into a steamer for 12-15 minutes till cooked through.

  7. In a bowl add in 1tb of shao xing wine, 2tb of light soy sauce, 1tb of rock sugar, 1te of fish sauce and 3tb of water. Place it into the microwave for 20-30 seconds till the rock sugar is dissolved.

  8. Slice your scallion into long strips.

  9. In a pot or pan heat up enough oil to cover the base of your pot/pan.

  10. Once the oil is smoking hot throw in your spring onions, BE SUPER CAREFUL it will spit all over.

  11. Then slowly pour the oil over the fish, this will infuse the fish with the lovely flavours of the scallion.

  12. Add your lovely sauce over and you got yourself a lovely steamed fish.

Enjoy it over a bowl of white rice and you got yourself a great meal.

Leave a comment if you got any questions or feedback.

Happy Cooking,

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