Actually I haven’t had this dish for quite a while. It’s a simple dish to make and this is my recipe. You can get fresh tilapias from most wet markets in Malaysia. It is a hardy fish and can usually survive without water for at least 1 hour…in a gasping state, though.

This is my recipe for Steamed Tilapia with Tau Cheo Sauce


  • 1 Tilapia fish (about 500 gms, cleaned and gutted).
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Seasoning / Sauce:

  • 5 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 3 slices of old ginger (pound finely)
  • 3 tablespoons of tau cheo (preserved soy beans in can / bottles which you can buy from supermarkets) (pound finely)
  • 1 to 2 red chillis (chopped finely)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: Chopped spring onions


Heat oil in frying pan and saute garlic, ginger and chillis till light brown and fragrant. Add tau cheo and continue stirring for 1 minute whilst adding sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Steam fish at high heat for approximately 8 minutes (ensure that fish is only placed into steamer when water is boiling rapidly). Pour prepared marinade over fish and continue steaming for 2 minutes or until fish eyes pop.

Remove, sprinkle spring onions and serve hot with rice.

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    Patricia Scarpin
    March 18th, 2007 at 6:16 am


    Tilapia is very popular here, too! I love it!

  6. 7
    March 19th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Patricia : How do you cook yours?

  7. 8
    Andie Summerkiss
    August 6th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I will cook this dish tonight. But I don’t have black bean sauce. So gonna try without that.

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    February 5th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Wow, this is so delicious!!! My hubby and I love it so much. Thank you for this recipe.


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