Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings

Steamed halibut has a clean, mild flavor that complements this pungent sauce. We used a bamboo steamer set over simmering water to steam the fish. It's helpful to lightly coat the bamboo with cooking spray before adding the fish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine 1 cup water, rice, coconut milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro.

Step 3

Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Steam fish, covered, 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1/2 cup rice on each of 4 plates; top with 1 fillet. Drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons sauce. Serve with lime wedges.

Ratings & Reviews

Delicious and easy

October 20, 2017
I opted to grill the fish vs steam it.  I also add a couple of drops of coconut extract to the rice.  Restaurant quality meal.  I just wish halibut wasn't so damned expensive.

susannahclair's Review

June 09, 2009
Super yummy and easy! Couldn't find mint at the store this week and forgot about the lime wedges on the side -- still great. Served with a green salad with seasoned rice vinegar, but sauteed snowpeas or cucumber salad would be nice.

dschid's Review

October 07, 2010
I was underwhelmed by this dish. It just seemed that it needed something. Yes it was easy and healthy, but I think there are better, more flavorful fish dishes on this website. Plus at $26/ lb. at my local grocer, halibut is too expensive for a throw together weeknight meal.

noelle71's Review

April 20, 2013

Csemsack's Review

May 27, 2014
This was delicious, my family gobbled it up! I grilled the halibut instead of steaming it and added a touch more red curry paste to the sauce. I think the grilling adds a little more flavor to the halibut.

LeAndra's Review

April 25, 2010
This was really great, but I would say it's only enough for 2 people. I don't eat a whole lot, but I still could have eaten a little more. Definitely double for 4 people

PKcookin's Review

March 24, 2014
My husband said he would eat it again and would likely give 3 stars. I changed something's which might also impact what I thought about this recipe. First, I dusted seabass instead of halibut case that is what we had on hand. This needs a firm whitefish like halibut. Added 1/2 of a seeded Serrano chili to the rice as well as a little thai red curry paste to give it a little more zip. This seemed to help add some flavor. The sauce was good but seemed heavy on fish sauce. A little blending or a little less fish sauce might be ok. Good start to a delicious dish. Just needs some tweaking .

JeffAxelrod's Review

May 24, 2012
I made this with tilapia and it was absolutely delicious. I wouldn't necessarily classify this as a quick and easy recipe--the sauce prep took me about 20 minutes with all the herb cleaning, drying, chopping, etc. Since the rice part only called for half the can of coconut milk, I made Cooking Light's delicious Mango-Coconut Rice Pudding with the other half.