Steamed whole sea bass with lemon grass, lime and ginger
Strip any coarse outer leaves from the lemon grass and grind the soft inner leaves to a paste in a mortar and pestle with a little oil.
Score the fish several times on each side and place in a shallow dish. Spread inside and out with the lemon grass and ginger.
Whisk together the sesame oil, lime juice, soy sauce and brown sugar and pour over the fish. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.
Lift the sea bass onto a steamer rack, spoon over any remaining marinade and scatter the water chestnuts and carrot over and around the fish.
Cover and steam for 15 minutes. Add the spring onions and broccoli and steam for a further 10 minutes or until the flesh of the fish flakes easily. (Fillets will take around half this cooking time).
Look for bottles of plain, rather than toasted, sesame oil as the flavour is more subtle. If only toasted is available, reduce the quantity to a few drops.
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