Mar 4, 2015

Chinese Pan Fried Fish Recipe

Chinese style pan fried fish, a really tasty indo chinese sidedish for any indo chinese meals. This goes really well with fried rice, noodles. I made this and served it with my egg fried rice and it was delicious..

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The recipe is so easy to make, there are two parts, one frying the fish till crispy and the next is getting the sauce right and mixing it with the fish. I left the fish with its skin and cooked till the skin is so crispy..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Marinating Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 25 mins
Serves : 2


Fish - 1 (I used one big Paarai fish / Trevally)
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn
Oil - 1/4 cup for frying

For Sauce:
Oil - 2 tblspn
Ginger - 1 tblspn finely chopped
Garlic - 1 tblspn finely chopped
Green Chillies - 1 chopped finely
Onion - 1 medium size chopped finely
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Soy Sauce - 1 tsp
Tomato Ketchup - 3 tblspn
Vinegar - 1 tsp
Freshly Ground Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Spring Onion - a handful finely chopped
Water - 1/2 cup


Start by cleaning the fish. Cut the head and tail of the fish, remove the inerts, wash really well. Make deep slashes on both side of the fish. pat the fish completely dry.

Now mix turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice well. Apply this all over the fish, into the slashes adn inside the fish and leave to marinate for 30 mins

Heat oil for deep frying or pan frying. Place the fish in the hot oil and cook for 5 mins on both sides till the fish skin is crispy and golden. Remove the fish and set aside.

Drain the excess oil, leave just 2 tblspn of oil in the pan.

Add in ginger, garlic, chillies, onions in oil and fry till golden.

Now add in chilli powder, soy sauce, ketchup. vinegar and mix well. If you want salt you can add at this stage. Cook this till it is well cooked.

Add water and mix well. bring this to boil. Place the fish in the sauce and coat the fish in the sauce.

Keep spooning the sauce over the fish. Once the sauce gets dry, add in pepper and spring onions.

Mix well.Serve hot.


Clean your fish, make deep slashes over the fish

Now take salt, turmeric and lemon juice

Apply this marination all over the fish and
leave aside for 30 mins

I heated  1/4 cup of oil in a frying pan

Slowly place the fish in hot oil

fry for 5 mins on each side till the skin is crispy
and the fish is cooked

Flip over and fry

Make sure the skin is really really crispy

Now take the sauce ingredients

I drained off most of the oil and reserved just 2 tblspn of oil

First add in ginger, garlic, onions and green chillies

saute till they turn light golden

Add in chilli powder

add in soy sauce

add in tomato ketchup

and some vinegar

mix them well..You can taste this now and if you want to add salt add now. I tasted it and my sauce was perfect, so i didn't add salt in this

pour little water

and let them come to a boil

place the fried fish slowly over the sauce

coat the fish with the sauce

spoon some the sauce over the fish and let it bubble
in the sauce

finally add in some freshly crushed pepper

now you the see the sauce has got dried up

add in spring onions

and mix wel

serve hot


  1. This looks quite fabulous! And with all those flavours, I can imagine it would be beautifully fragrant and tasty too :)

  2. This turned out absolutely delicious!! Thanks :)


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