Fried Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Jazz up the usual fried fish with a tangy all-around sweet and sour sauce.

Fried Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Fish and Seafood


Main Dishes

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Date Published

November 2009

According to Katherine Sion, the chef-teacher who made this recipe, this is the classic, restaurant-grade sweet and sour recipe. If you like the sauce, the chef suggests making extra (minus the cornstarch) and keeping it on hand for other recipes like as spring roll dip or to coat other meat dishes. It keeps for about a month at room temperature.


400 grams whole lapu-lapu
salt and pepper
3 cups cornstarch
6 cups oil

For the sauce
1/4 cup cane vinegar
10 pieces calamansi, juiced
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
4 fresh tomatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons sliced ginger
3 tablespoons sliced leeks
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 pieces bay leaf
1 cup tomato ketchup

For the vegetables
2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 stalk leeks, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 small carrot, cut into strips
1 cup sweet and sour sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sesame oil

For garnish
1 sprig cilantro
1 stalk leeks, cut into strips
10 cherry tomatoes, halved


1  Clean and scale the fish and season it with salt and pepper. Just before frying, coat the fish with cornstarch.

  In a wok or large pan, fry the fish in hot oil. Drain on paper towels.

Prepare the sauce: In a stock pot, pour in all the sauce ingredients and boil it on medium fire until the tomatoes have wilted and the stock has reduced to half, about 20 minutes. Strain.

  Heat oil and briefly stir-fry onions, garlic, and leeks until fragrant. Add the bell peppers and carrots. Pour in the sauce and combine with the vegetables; thicken with cornstarch mixed with water. Lastly, add the sesame oil.

  Pour the sauce on top of the fish and garnish it with cilantro, leeks, and tomatoes.

Saucy tip:   Serve any excess sweet sour sauce with Camaron Rebosado,  fried lumpia, or  fried dumplings.



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