Healthy Marinated & Steamed Tilapia

My mom is a seasoned veteran of the home cooking world, but even she raved over this recipe.

“Cici,” she said excitedly on the phone. “You have to try this out.”

“Oh, okay, yeah,” I replied, hoping she wasn’t using her mom senses to detect what I was eating at the moment.

“What are you doing right now?”

“Oh, uh, having dinner.” The apple pie remained in mid-air, weighing gently on the spoon.

“What are you eating?”

“…Leftovers.” The full-fat vanilla ice cream melted in guilt.

“What leftovers?”

“Some stuff from yesterday. Not much.”

“Oh. Okay.”

And then, as if to rub it in, she proceeded to tell me about one of the healthiest recipes out there.

Thanks Mom.

Marinated & Steamed Tilapia

This is a variant of my other Steamed Tilapia recipe. This version has the same flaky texture, but plus that lovely marinated savoriness. It’s really great if you’re low on the garlic, ginger, or cooking wine that’s used in the other version!


  • tilapia fillet
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • dashes of salt & pepper


1. Marinate the tilapia for about 30 minutes. I just cut open the original tilapia vacuum-sealed bag, and I poured in the soy sauce.

It's not laziness, it's efficiency.
It’s not laziness, it’s efficiency.

2. Get ready to steam! I just put a ceramic bowl in a pot and called it good.

Innovation at its best
Innovation at its best

3. Let it steam for 15 minutes. Make sure there’s a steady stream of steam coming through the lid the whole time.


Mom, as always, you were right.

(Don’t tell her I said that.)


2 Comments Add yours

  1. chef mimi says:

    Simple can be fabulous!!!

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