Steamed Fish Rolls Recipe
January 07th, 2008 30 Comments

Steamed Fish Rolls Recipe

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Recipe: Fish Rolls with Hoisin Chili Dipping Sauce

Adapted from Chubby Hubby and My Kitchen Snippets


3 eggs (makes about 6 small fish rolls)
6 sheets of roasted nori or seaweed
1/2 pound fish paste or half a box of frozen fish paste
1 red chilli (deseeded and chopped into tiny bits)
1 stalk scallions (chopped into tiny bits)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes white pepper powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Japanese mirin (optional)

Rasa Malaysia Special Hoisin Chili Dipping Sauce


3 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce

Mix the sauces together. If it’s too salty or spicy, add 1 tablespoon or 2 tablespoons of boiled water to dilute it to fit your taste.


Defrost the frozen fish paste and add in chopped chili, scallions, sesame oil, and white pepper. Blend well and set aside. Beat the eggs and add mirin plus salt. Heat up a non-stick pan (I use a 9.5 inch diameter pan) and make about 6 thin omelets. Set aside the omelets and let cool.

Transfer an omelet onto a dry and clean chopping board. Lay a piece of roasted seaweed or nori on top of the omelet. Cut the edges of the seaweed sheet off so they match the shape of the omelet perfectly. Then, spread a thin layer of the fish paste evenly on top of the roasted seaweed sheet and roll the omelet up firmly. Seal the omelet with the fish paste so the fish roll is nice and tight. Repeat the same for the remaining omelets. (For picture instructions, please refer to My Kitchen Snippets.)

Transfer the fish rolls onto a plate and steam in hot boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until the fish paste fillings turn opaque. Cut the fish rolls into small pieces and serve immediately with the hoisin chili dipping sauce.

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30 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Piggy says:

    Yummy! you’re making me hungry again… ;-)

  2. kennymah says:

    They just look so dainty! :D

  3. Swaroopa says:

    cool recipe!! will try it …happy new yr..

  4. Happy cook says:

    It looks delicious and very elegant

  5. Mandy says:

    beautiful fish rolls! You know when I first saw it on Chubby Hubby, I wanted to make it too, but had promptly forgotten about it. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder. ;)

  6. mycoookinghut says:

    What a lovely dish! I love fish… fish cake, fish balls… everything. Great recipe!

  7. holybasil says:

    I have wanted to make this also – such a beautiful dish! I like the addition of nori in yours.

  8. Hazza says:

    I really respect somebody who spends time in the presentation of their food as well. I wish I have the patience to do this.. I believe good presentation adds 25% to the taste of the food. Like it or not, we all taste food with our eyes to a certain extent.

  9. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Piggy – lol, quick quick eat them all before heading the ME. :)

    Kenny – thanks!

    Swaroopa – Happy New Year, too!

    Happy Cook – hehe, presentation is everything, right?

    Mandy – yeah, I forgot about it, too and saw it on My Kitchen Snippets and know I have to make it, pronto.

    My Cooking Hut – yes, me too, I love all kinds of fish balls, prawn balls, fish cakes, Yong Tow Foo, anything!!!

    Holy Basil – yes, I personally like Nori but it’s optional. I love the addition of color and texture to it.

    Hazza – of course, we eat with our eyes first and our mouth. Hehe.

  10. Andaliman says:

    RM, those are really cool pictures

  11. sweetrosie says:

    How perfect and beautiful! Your photography is out of this world.

  12. Christy says:

    I love fishy stuffs too…..these are really nice!!! Can send them over?:D

  13. tigerfish says:

    I tried with beancurd skin before. I can try the egg skin version :) looks easier to handle. Yummy!

  14. Keropok Man says:

    such details. lovely!

    i prefer this to sushi anytime man!
    suddenly i crave the pickle ginger in Jap restaurants. hmmm. will it go well with this eggie?

  15. MyF says:

    oh my, this is very interesting.. yeah it looks like sushi but not. i should try this one day …

  16. The Cooking Ninja says:

    Lovely egg roll.

  17. Big Boys Oven says:

    ain’t they look cute! and so petite!

  18. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Andaliman – thanks for your compliment. :)

    Sweetrosie – awww…thanks! :)

    Christy – sure, how many rolls do you want? ;)

    Tiga – yeah, I am sure it’s easier than the tofu skin…hehe.

    Keropok – you always have the most creative idea…pickled ginger might work very well with it…hmmm.

    MyF – cool. Quite easy to make. :)

    The Cooking Ninja – hehe, thanks.

    Big Boys – I like my food petite and cute…hehe.

  19. Cynthia says:

    Bee, I can’t get fish paste here. Is it something that I can make? I’d really like to try making these.

  20. Ming the Merciless says:

    I’m not a big fan of cooked fished, especially if it has been “processed” into fish paste. I like my fish raw (sushi) or simply steamed with soy sauce and ginger.

    That said, your photos are amazing.

  21. Zen Chef says:

    You’ve got some impressive skills!
    Those are picture perfect! Yum!

  22. MyF says:

    Hi RM – I just made these just now and it looks & taste great. If only I have that Hoisin sauce…. The eggs was a bit hard to make but it looks fantastic after steamed.

  23. rita bellnad says:

    oh… that so creative…
    those would be great on my bento thanks for the idea!

  24. wrathzinner says:

    can i cook it as a project..? is it easy to prepair..? i think its a good recipe.. but i don’t know how to prepare it.. i never do cooking.. T____T help me pls. just an easy asian recipe.. im from philipines..

  25. Bentoist says:

    Oh wow, they are so pretty! That’s a great idea there!

  26. Lia says:

    Your steamed fish rolls recipe was very easy to follow and i am now a fan of steamed fish rolls.

  27. minichef says:

    hi RM! i have just recently been following your blog and i must say i’ve been hooked! all your recipes are simple enough for everyone to follow and having tried 4 of them already they have all been delicious:)

    i have a potluck to go to this weekend and found the steamed fish rolls recipe and thought it would be the perfect item to bring (i volunteered to bring appys). my question is, would it be ok to make the rolls the night before, refrigerate them, and steam them before i head to the event?

    thanks a bunch and looking forward to more recipes!:)

    • I think it’s best you make them on the same day because the fish paste might not be as fresh overnight in the fridge, also, as I used nori, it might become really soggy.

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  29. Ann Damirez says:

    Ms. Bee, can i use crab meat instead of fish paste?

    Thank You!

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