Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper Recipe
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Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper Recipe

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Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper (“Duo jiao Yu tou” in Chinese) is a famous traditional dish in Hunan Province, which belongs to Hunan cuisine. It may sounds disgusting, but it tastes great.

Fish head has high nutrition and good taste which is good for lowering blood fat, strengthening brain and delaying aging. chili peppers may also help control appetite and give your metabolism a little boost. As a result, it may help with weight loss.

This dish is one of the most famous and popular dish in Hunan cuisine. There is a saying in China that Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper can represent Hunan cuisine. because:

  • The big head fish used in this dish comes from Dongting Lake in Hunan.
  • Chopped peppers are a specialty of Hunan.
  • It combines a variety of spicy flavors.

On September 10, 2018, “Chinese Cuisine” was officially released, and “Chopped Pepper Fish Head” was rated as one of Hunan’s top ten classic dishes.

Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper Recipe video has many instructional videos dedicated to teaching cooking skills, you can learn every basic cooking technique with these super-simple how-to videos,


Cooking wine Light soy sauce
Ginger Garlic
Green onion Salt


Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper Recipe

Step 1

Clean the fish head, scrape off the scales and remove the remaining viscera.

To make the fish head delicious, pre-treatment is very important, and it is too late to remove the fishy smell during steaming. Therefore, we must focus on the first step of cooking: washing and marinating fish.

Step 2

Slice the ginger and scallions into sections, then marinate the fish head with cooking wine, salt, vinegar, ginger and scallions for 20 minutes.


Step 3

Heat up the pan, pour in the oil, when the oil is hot, add the chopped peppers, stir fry a few times, take it out and turn off the heat for later use.


Step 4

Rinse the marinated fish head with clean water, chop the garlic cloves into mud and spread it on the fish head, and then spread a layer of chopped pepper. After the water boils, steam it in a pot for 20 minutes.

Put green onion and ginger under it when steaming. Firstly, it can make the fish absorb the taste of green onion and ginger. Second, it helps the steam come underneath of the fish and make the fish easier to steam. After steaming, remove the green onion and ginger at the bottom.

Step 5

Take it out of the pan, sprinkle some chopped green onion and enjoy it beautifully. Heat some oil in a pan, and pour it over the fish head.

You can also pour Seasoned Soy Sauce for Seafood.


1.Since this dish is cooked by steaming, it must be marinated in advance, otherwise the fishy smell will be strong after steaming, which will affect the taste and taste.

2.The time to steam the fish is about 20 minutes, depending on the size of the fish head. If the steaming time is too little, the fish head will be undercooked; if the steaming time is too long, the fish head will be unpalatable if it is overcooked.

3.When the fish head is done, pour away the excess water on the plate.

The story of Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper

It is said that the origin of chopped pepper fish head can be traced back to the Yongzheng period (1723-1736) of the Qing Dynasty, when Huang Zongxian, an anti-Qing literati, fled due to “The literary inquisition”.

He passed through a small village in Hunan and stayed with a poor farmer’s family. His host caught a fat head fish from the pond, and the hostess used it to cook for Huang Zongxian. After the fish is cleaned, the hostess cooks the fish in broth, then steam the chopped chili pepper and fish head together. Huang tasted it, he thought it was very delicious.

After Huang returned home, he asked the chef to improve this dish, which is the origin of “Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Chili Pepper”.

How to make Chopped Chili Pepper (duo jiao recipe)

Hunan duo jiao is very famous, how do I make my own pepper seasoning?

Homemade Chili Sauce with No Additives! It’s time to forget the old godmother, if you love spicy food, save and share this chili pepper recipes.

step 1

300g chilli, washed and dried, removed stems and chopped.

step 2

Peel ginger (15g) and garlic (30g) and chop into fine pieces, mix with minced chili pepper and put in a bowl.

step 3

Add salt (30g), white sugar (20g), strong liquor (30ml), and stir well.

step 4

Cover with plastic wrap, let it ferment at room temperature for a day, open the seal and stir evenly.


step 5

Pack into a clean airtight jar, be careful not to overfill, compact slightly.


step 6

Seal it, put it in the refrigerator to refrigerate and ferment for a week, take it out and enjoy it.


Ok, that’s how to make duo jiao sauce.

The chopped peppers are used up, because I often make fish heads with chopped peppers, so they are consumed faster. In fact, chopped pepper has many uses. It is more appropriate to say that it is a kind of food rather than a seasoning. Whether it is eaten directly, mixed with vegetables, stir-fried or dipped, it is very delicious.

In the past, I bought ready-made peppers from supermarkets. In fact, it is very simple to make chopped peppers. The taste is not inferior to those bought from supermarkets, and it does not contain preservatives. So this time I finally worked hard to make it myself, but there is a little fly in the ointment, the chopped peppers are a little bit broken, in fact, it can be bigger and better.

where to buy duo jiao?

Many friends asked me where to buy duo jiao? First, I would recommend to buy it on Amazon,  if you need it urgently, you can buy at local asian grocery stores.

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