Halibut Cantonese-Style

Cantonese-Style Halibut

Steamed Halibut Cantonese-Style

Firm, lean, meaty, mild, and slightly sweet. Bright white flesh Halibut is often best cooked with moist methods like poaching, steaming, or braising. Inspired by Cantonese technique, here a beautiful piece of Alaskan halibut is cooked in a bamboo steamer then served in a big shallow pool of soy-ginger-garlic-sesame sauce. Each flake is drenched in the flavorful sauce before each bite. It’s quite heavenly.

Halibut Cantonese-Style Recipe

The Soy-Ginger-Garlic Sauce:

  • 2 T. light soy sauce
  • 2 T. sake
  • 2 t. sugar
  • 1 t. garlic, minced
  • 1 T. fresh ginger, julienne
  • 1 T. scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 T. toasted sesame oil

Mix soy sauce, sake, sugar, garlic, ginger, and scallions together in a small pot. Heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Set aside. Re-heat and add sesame oil just before serving.


The garnish adds extra pizazz on top of the clean white fish. Little batons of daikon add a zippy refreshing crunch; thinly sliced chilis definitely add some heat; cilantro leaves add fresh herby notes; while scallion curls add subtle oniony flavor and whimsical texture. If edible flowers are available, they provide an unexpected pop of color and interest.

  • daikon radish, julienne
  • chili, sliced thin
  • cilantro leaves
  • scallion, curled  (how to make curled scallions here)
  • edible flowers (optional)

Halibut, Cantonese-Style

Fish Preparation:

Season fish with fresh ground white pepper and a small amount of fine sea salt.

Steam fish in a bamboo steamer over medium-high boiling water for 6 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

To Plate:

Place warm sauce at the bottom of a shallow plate. Place fish in the sauce. Top with daikon, chili, cilantro, curled scallions, and edible flowers if using.

Serve with steamed rice on the side.

Halibut, Cantonese-Style


Halibut Cantonese-Style and beer make a great pairing.

The fish in these images was a 12.5 oz. portion of halibut and served 2.

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