Chef Adam Tabura’s Steamed Opakapaka

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Chef Adam Tabura makes a classic Hawaii-style preparation of steamed opakapaka.

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Chef Adam Tabura’s Steamed Opakapaka

Chef Adam Tabura makes a classic Hawaii-style preparation of steamed opakapaka.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Hawaiian Seafood Recipes, Local
Keyword: opakapaka, cooking hawaiian style, chef adam tabura, classic Hawaii-style recipe
Calories: 678kj
Author: As Seen On OC16


  • 2 6 ounce opakapaka fillets
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • Sweet soy reduction


  • cilantro, green onion, ginger, chili pepper

Sweet Soy Reduction

  • 1 cup sweet Aloha shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • Grated ginger (to preference)
  • 1 clove garlic


  • Boil water in a pot and place bamboo steamer basket lined with ti leaves over top of pot.  
  • Place fish filets on ti leaves and steam for 10-15 minutes.

Sweet Soy Reduction:

  • Take 1 cup sweet soy sauce, 2 tablespoons mirin, grated ginger and garlic and cook in pan over med high heat for a couple minutes, reduce heat to medium and allow soy sauce to reduce or evaporate until only ½ cup remains.  
  • Set aside and allow to cool in pan.
  • Assemble:
  • Optional, lay a thin layer of tofu, julienned vegetables, put fish filet on vegetables, top with your favorite julienne vegetables for garnish, glaze with sweet soy reduction.  
  • Top with hot oil to finish.


Calories: 678kj | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 14270mg | Potassium: 1154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin B1: 1mg | Vitamin B5: 1mg | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4mg
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