Sweet And Sour Belt Fish Recipe

Recipe By Slurrp

Deep fried fish simmered in a sweet sour savoury sauce with a hint of spice. This Chinese sweet and sour fish recipe uses fish fillets to create a stunning presentation while keeping the cooking process as easy as possible. The fish is shallow-fried until super crispy and then drizzled with a rich and aromatic sauce that is loaded with colorful peppers. It’s a perfect dish to serve at your dinner party, for Chinese New Year, or for other Chinese festivals. 

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Sweet And Sour Belt Fish

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Ingredients for Sweet And Sour Belt Fish Recipe

  • As required Ingredients for preparing the fish
  • 500 gram Belt fish
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Smashed
  • 2 inch Ginger smashed
  • 2 Scallion stalks smashed
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1.50 tablespoon Cooking wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1.50 cup Oil for deep frying
  • As required Ingredients for sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2.50 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 2.50 tablespoon Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 3 Preserved plums
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves whole
  • 4 Ginger slices
  • 3 piece Dry red chilli

Directions: Sweet And Sour Belt Fish Recipe

step 1

  • STEP 1.1 wash and clean 500 gm belt fish, remove the internal organs and wash the fish thoroughly.

step 2

  • STEP 2.2 using a clean stainless steel scrubber scrub the fish to remove the metallic skin. Rinse the fish under running water. Then remove the fin.

step 3

  • STEP 3.3 cut the fish into manageable size pieces, as per choice, and dab them pieces dry with kitchen paper towel.

step 4

  • STEP 4.1 place 500 gm prepared pieces of belt fish (or any fish of choice) in a mixing bowl.

step 5

  • STEP 5.2 using a cleaver, smash 4 cloves garlic, 2 inches ginger, 2 stalks of scallion. This helps to release the flavours. Add these to the bowl with the fish. Add 1 tbsp sichuan peppercorns, 1 ½ tbsp cooking wine, ½ tbsp oyster sauce and ¼ tsp salt. Mix it together well.

step 6

  • STEP 6.3 cover with a plastic wrap and let the fish marinate for 1 hour.

step 7

  • STEP 7.4 to make the sauce, in a mixing bowl add ¼ cup sugar, 2 ½ tbsp soy sauce, 2 ½ tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp white vinegar, 3 preserved plums (optional) ½ cup water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Keep it aside.

step 8

  • STEP 8.5 to deep fry the fish, in a pan add 1 ½ cup of oil and heat it to 360 degrees fahrenheit.

step 9

  • STEP 9.6 turn the heat to medium or medium-low and add the pieces of marinated fish one at a time to the hot oil. Remove the aromatics from each piece before frying.

step 10

  • STEP 10.7 fry for 3 to 5 minutes on each side till evenly golden brown.

step 11

  • STEP 11.8 take the fish out of the oil and set them aside.

step 12

  • STEP 12.9 heat a wok and add 1 tbsp oil. Swirl to cover the surface of the wok with oil.

step 13

  • STEP 13.10 add 4 cloves garlic, 4 slices ginger, 3 pieces dry red chilli and stir fry till fragrant.

step 14

  • STEP 14.11 then add the sauce mixture and the fried fish.

step 15

  • STEP 15.12 adjust the fish so that they are all in the sauce.

step 16

  • STEP 16.13 bring the sauce to a boil and then turn the heat to low.

step 17

  • STEP 17.14 cover the wok and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then flip all the pieces of fish over to let the otherside soak in the sauce.

step 18

  • STEP 18.15 cover and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

step 19

  • STEP 19.16 serve the fish in a bowl and pour the sauce over it along with the whole garlic and chilies from the wok.
calories per serving
412 g Fat7 g Protein104 g Carbs23 g FiberOther

Current Totals

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  • Protein
  • Carbs
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  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fiber


  • Fat

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
    < 1mcg
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp