How To Cook a Whole Fish (Salt Baked, Deep Fried, Steamed with Soy)

Cooking a whole fish can be daunting. We can’t blame you, too!

If it’s your first time, having seafood stare at you while you cook can be a little scary. Not to mention that it can easily be undercooked or overcooked.

So Erwan showed us not just one, but three ways you can cook a whole fish at home: salt-baked, deep-fried, and steamed with soy

Learn those recipes here:


1 whole apahap/sea bass (scales on)

4pcs Garlic

1 bunch Rosemary

1 bunch Thyme

Kosher (ideal size) or Sea salt (enough to cover your fish – about 1.5kg)

2 Egg whites

Extra virgin olive oil

Black pepper



1 whole apahap/sea bass (scales removed)

 2 thumbs Ginger

Salt and pepper

½ cup of olive oil

2 pcs Kaffir lime leaves

1 bunch Coriander

½ cup sliced Leeks

4 tbsp Soy sauce

2 tbsp Mirin



1 whole apahap/sea bass (scales removed)

Canola oil (enough to cover)

1 cup Flour

1 cup Cornstarch

1 bunch scallions 

3 Red Chilis

2 pcs Kaffir lime leaves

2 stalks Lemongrass

2 thumbs Ginger

6 pcs Garlic

1 bunch Parsley

3 tbsp Light soy sauce

1 tbsp Dark soy sauce

1/4c Shaoxing wine

3 tbsp Palm sugar or coco sugar

White pepper

2 tbsp Tamarind paste

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