How to Steam a Fish Fillet

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If you like fish cooked quickly with no frills, steaming fillets is your best option, as all you essentially need are water and the fish. Although the cooking times will vary based on the type, size and amount of fillets you use, four 8-ounce fillets of white fish, for instance, will take no more than 10 minutes to steam. You can steam just about any filleted fish, but firm white fish such as cod, halibut and tilapia are commonly steamed. Using a steamer basket also avoids a messy cleanup.

Things You'll Need

  • White fish fillets (tilapia, cod, halibut)
  • Large saucepan
  • Steamer basket or steamer pot and basket
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan so that the rim of the basket sits on the rim of the saucepan. You may also use a steamer pot that comes with a fitted, removable basket if you have one.

  • Pour enough water into the saucepan or pot so that the level reaches just below the steamer basket, leaving about 1 inch of space between the water and the basket.

  • Season each fish fillet with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Add the fish fillet to the steamer basket once the water begins to boil, and cover tightly with a lid.

  • Cook the fillets for about seven to 10 minutes,or until they flake easily with a fork. Serve the fish with a sprinkling of lemon juice.

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