Chinese cooks traditionally steam fish with ginger and scallions, which are said to mollify the flavor of the fish. Chef Danny Chan's innovative twist is the addition of refreshing lemon. When Chef Chan steams shrimp, scallops and lobster, he uses the same method, but omits the soy sauce.
- 2 (1-pound) salmon fillets
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 2 scallions, cut into 4-inch pieces
- 4 slices ginger
- 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
Thoroughly rinse the fish in cold water and pat dry. Put the fillets in a 9-inch shallow heatproof bowl. Drizzle the soy sauce, salt and pepper over the salmon. Sprinkle with the scallions and ginger. Cut the lemon in half crosswise. Cut half a lemon into 4 slices and put on the fish. Juice the remaining lemon and drizzle over the fish.
Put a 1-inch-high steamer rack in a 14-inch-flatbottomed wok. Add water to a depth of 3/4 inch and bring to a boil over high heat. Carefully put the bowl on the rack, cover, and steam for 8 to 10 minutes. Test the fish for doneness by poking the thickest party with a chopstick or fork; the fish should flake. If not, steam 1 to 2 minutes or until the fish just flakes. Be sure to check the water level from time to time and replenish if necessary, with boiling water. Carefully remove the bowl from the wok. Drizzle the sesame oil over the fillets.