Steamed Opah (Moonfish)

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


A very simple way to prepare opah, from Cooking From the Heart with Sam Choy, a well known chef in Hawaii.


☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

15 Min
15 Min


  • 4
    opah fillets, (6-ounces each)
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    dry white wine

  • 1 Tbsp
    chinese parsley, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    green onions, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    ginger, minced
  • 1 12 Tbsp
    light salad oil
  • ·
    salt, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, to taste

  • 2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 c
    shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp
    shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh ginger root, sliced thinly, then finely julienned into shreds
  • 1 Tbsp
    chinese parsley, minced
  • ·
    salt, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, to taste

How to Make Steamed Opah (Moonfish)


  1. To prepare this dish you need a steamer, or you can improvise like the Chinese do with a regular covered pot into which you put a bowl upside down with a plate on top.
  2. Season the opah with salt and pepper and marinate in the olive oil and wine for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Mix Ginger Pesto ingredients. Arrange the fish in your steamer and spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto on each fillet. Steam for 6 to 8 minutes, or until done.
  4. Serve on top of a dollops of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, surrounded by Ginger Cream Sauce.
  5. To make the sauce, combine cream, mushrooms, shoyu and ginger. Bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer until reduced to the consistency you prefer. Fold in Chinese parsley and adjust seasonings with salt and white pepper.

Printable Recipe Card

About Steamed Opah (Moonfish)

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian

You May Also Like:

Leave a Comment

Fantastic Fish Recipes For Fish Friday

Fantastic Fish Recipes for Fish Friday

Kitchen Crew

I love a good dinner theme. At my house, we do Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday. Some weeks I like to do Fish Friday. Baked or fried, fish is a...

24 Perfect Grilling Out Recipes

24 Perfect Grilling Out Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Grilling season is here! This is your one-stop shop for all the grilling recipes you need to make your Spring and Summer cookouts absolutely awesome!

There's Nothing Fishy About These Seafood Dinner Recipes

There's Nothing Fishy about these Seafood Dinner Recipes

Kitchen Crew

A seafood dinner isn't something you only have to enjoy at a restaurant. While a meal can look complicated, putting together a delicious seafood dinner at home is easy. It's...