Steamed monk fish in Black Bean sauce is a low-calorie treat. Fish should be heavily on the menu for anyone watching their calorie intake and if you are sticking to 5 or 600 calories a day, you’d better like fish and salad, or you’re in for a pretty sad existence. If you don’t have a steamer, don’t worry – you can oven bake the fish in a preheated 180C oven for around 10 minutes.
The other thing you need to deal with on a low-calorie diet is trying to get the most flavour into a little helping of whatever you are making. For me the region I go back to almost every time is Asia – Thai, Chinese, Japanese. Sure I love European food but it doesn’t seem to work with a low-calorie meal. Oil and pasta are generally too high in calories to work on my “fast” days, so for the moment I’m sticking with Ginger, Garlic and Chili, I’ve also started cooking with Oyster sauce, Soy Sauce and other Umami ingredients. Chinese Blackbeans are a Umami laden ingredient that pack a killer flavour without the fat indulgence. I found this recipe http://3hungrytummies.blogspot.co.nz/2010/06/steamed-fish-with-black-bean-sauce.html and had a go at transforming it to a low-calorie dish. [pullquote]Fish should be heavily on the menu for anyone watching their calorie intake[/pullquote]
Monk fish works out to be around 80 calories per 100 grams, and I’m serving this fish with a side of Asian green beans recipe here http://www.45degrees.co.nz/asian-style-green-beans/ The recipe including the side of beans works out at around 300 calories.