Chinese Baked Whole Fish

Chinese Baked Whole Fish

Steaming a whole fish is less intimidating than it seems. This simple recipe is sure to please and impress!

It only takes a few minutes to prepare, and then bakes with lots of fresh herbs and ginger.

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Chinese Baked Whole Fish

This simple recipe is sure to please and impress!
Course main
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword fish, seafood
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 232 kcal


  • 2 lb. whole white fish, (such as sea bass, branzino, or flounder), cleaned, leaving head and tail intact
  • 3 tsp. sesame oil, divided use
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ cup chopped green onions, divided use
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided use
  • 2-inch fresh ginger root, peeled, cut into matchstick-sized pieces, divided use
  • 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • ¼ tsp. Chinese five-spice powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Drizzle large baking dish with 1 tsp. oil; set aside.

  3. Rinse fish in cold water and pat dry with paper towels; season fish inside and out with salt.
  4. Transfer to prepared baking dish; sprinkle cavity and exterior of fish with half green onions, cilantro, and ginger.
  5. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until flesh is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.

  6. While fish is baking, combine soy sauce, honey, five-spice powder, remaining 2 tsp. oil, and the remaining half of green onions, remaining half of cilantro, and remaining half of ginger in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  7. Pour soy sauce mixture over fish. Let fish rest for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Baked Whole Fish
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 685mg30%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Container Equivalents
1 ½ Red
½ tsp.

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