Whole Fried Fish with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Keep the fish crispy by pouring the black bean sauce over it just before serving.

May 2011 | By
Whole Fried Fish with Black Bean Sauce Recipe
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May 2011

At a weekend lunch or dinner, this makes a dramatic centerpiece on the dining table. Keep the fish crispy by pouring the black bean sauce over it just before serving. Make and share this crispy and delicious fried fish with black bean sauce recipe in 6 easy steps!

Serves 5 to 6 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 30 minutes

1 to 1 1/2 kilos whole pampano,
      gutted and cleaned
salt and pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 2 cups cooking oil
      (depending on the size of the fish)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup fish stock
      (or 1 fish bouillon cube dissolved
       in 1 cup hot water)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced onion
3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons cornstarch,
      dissolved in 1/4 cup water
2 stems leek, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thinly

1  Score fish on both sides, slicing the skin in one direction and then the opposite to make a diamond pattern. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly sprinkle both sides with all-purpose flour.

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, nonstick pan. Gently place the fish into the heated oil. Fry for 10 minutes. Flip and fry for another 7 minutes. When crisp and cooked through on both sides, set aside.

3  In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and fish stock. Set aside.

In a separate pan, heat oil. Sauté ginger, garlic, and onion for a few minutes. Add black beans.

5  Pour vinegar-soy sauce mixture into the pan. Bring to a boil,

Pour sauce over cooked fish. Serve hot.

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