• Kingfish and lime chirimushi (Adam Liaw)Source: Adam Liaw

Chirimushi is a light and refreshing dish of steamed fish, tofu and vegetables served with ponzu (Japanese citrus and soy dipping sauce). Adam adds a twist with a lime ponzu.






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  • 1 piece kombu, wiped with a damp cloth, cut into thirds
  • 3 small, thick pieces of kingfish, skin off (around 100 g each)
  • 300 g silken tofu, cut into 3 cm–thick slices
  • 3 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 100 g enoki mushrooms, divided into thirds
  • 3 slices lime, plus wedges to serve
  • salt, to season
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 tsp sake
  • yuzu kosho, to serve

Lime ponzu

  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. For the lime ponzu, place the sake, mirin and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to a simmer. Stir in the soy sauce and lime juice, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Place a steamer basket above a saucepan of boiling water. Place a piece of kombu in the base of 3 small bowls. Place a piece of kingfish, silken tofu, one shiitake mushroom, a small bunch of enoki and a slice of lime on top of the kombu.
  3. Season with salt, fish sauce and sake, transfer to the steamer, cover and cook for 8 minutes.
  4. Place a small dollop of yuzu kosho on top and serve with the ponzu sauce for pouring over.


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