My recent trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i exposed me to island culture, food and hawaiian cooking. During my trip I enjoyed every meal with my aunt and uncle and discovered new culinary techniques that I must share!  On the second to last night we enjoyed Kumu, purple potato salad, barbecued pork and bok choy while watching the blazing sunset near Kohala Ranch. This was my first time trying Kumu and definitely not my last. I admit, I was skeptical when my uncle said he was cooking a whole fish in the microwave, but I was very wrong. The fish came out tender, moist and delicious in a matter of minutes. Thanks Uncle Stewart and Aunt Sue for your wonderful meals and inviting us into your beautiful home!


How to Cook A Whole Fish: Microwave Style


  • Whole Kumu (goat fish scaled, gutted and gills removed or find a good fishmonger)
  • Minced garlic
  • Bok Choy
  • 4 Tbsp Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Handful minced green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Sliced ginger
  • 3 Tbsp Peanut Oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 water
Cooking Time: 3 minutes per lb


Place fish on serving plate and stuff ginger into the cavity of the fish. Salt the fish and pour 1/4 cup water onto the serving tray underneath the fish. Place plastic wrap over plate and microwave 3 minutes per pound (Our fish was 5 pounds= 15 minutes microwave time).  Mix shoyu with brown sugar in a small bowl. Heat peanut oil over medium-high heat in saucepan. Sautee garlic in a frying pan and add Bok Choy until wilted. Pour shoyu mix over Bok Choy in frying pan. Remove fish from microwave and check if done with a fork (fish should easily flake if done). Sprinkle cilantro and green onions over fish. Place bok choy around the fish on the serving plate and drizzle entire fish lightly with hot peanut oil (Allowing the veggies to fully cook).


Kohala Sunset

P.S. If you are concerned about the safety of microwaving plastic wrap, please read the disclosure below courtesy

Q: Is it okay to use plastic wrap with high-fat foods in the microwave?

A: Yes, it is okay to use plastic wrap with high-fat foods in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Plastic wrap is not heated by microwave energy, but it can be heated by contact with hot foods. Normally, foods in a microwave oven do not become hot enough to bring the wrap to its melting point. However, because certain foods with high fat content (such as butter) can become very hot in a microwave oven, most manufacturers recommend leaving an inch of air space between the food and the wrap or turning back a corner for ventilation. The instructions on various plastic wraps may vary, so again, it’s always a good idea to check the label.