Recipe: Ah Sam’s Zesty Barramundi

Last updated: Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 2 min reading time

Recreate Guest Chef Sam Leong’s Zesty Barramundi, a Thai-inspired steamed seabass with lime and garlic. Flavourful and nutritious, this dish is perfect for those seeking a healthier option without compromising on taste.

Ah Sam’s Zesty Barramundi

A Thai-inspired steamed seabass with lime and garlic, served with steamed fragrant rice.

Nutritional highlights

Barramundi is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in proteins, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids that promote cardiovascular health. This lean white fish is also packed with essential minerals like selenium, magnesium and potassium, which are necessary for maintaining optimal bodily functions.

Adding a zesty lime and garlic dressing not only enlivens the dish with a Thai twist, but also imparts anti-inflammatory benefits.

Steamed seabass

Recipe (for 10)

Main ingredient
Seabass (steak cut) 1.6kg
Lime and Garlic Soup
Chicken stock 600ml
Lemongrass (bruised) 20g
Garlic (chopped) 100g
Coriander stem (chopped) 20g
Red chili (thinly sliced) 20g
Green lime juice 30ml
Fish sauce 20ml
Green lime (sliced) 20 slices
Coriander leaf A dash

Steamed seabass plating


  1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil and add the bruised lemongrass.
  2. Continue boiling for a few more minutes, then remove the lemongrass.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, coriander stem, and sliced red chilli. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and season the dressing with lime juice and fish sauce.
  5. Steam the seabass steak for 8 – 10 minutes, or till cooked.
  6. Remove any excess water from the steamed seabass.
  7. Plate the seabass and drizzle it with the lime and garlic dressing.
  8. Garnish with green lime slices and fresh coriander.

Steamed seabass dish

Chef Sam Leong’s Zesty Barramundi is one of the dishes from our Guest Chef menu, prepared fresh daily by our culinary teams in Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, Gleneagles Hospital, and Parkway East Hospital. It’s been reviewed by our dietitians to ensure that it’s as nutritious as it is tasty.

Have a question about how your food choices and diet can make a positive impact on your health and wellness? Find out how our dietitians can help.

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