Crispy Whole Fish in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

Skip the knife and cook this fish whole drizzled with a homemade sweet chili sauce.

You should be cooking with whole fish more often! You can ask your fish vendor to clean your fish for you and then it’s just a matter of frying it whole. No fuss! 

To make it even more appetizing, a homemade sweet chili sauce is made to make sure that every bite is as flavorful as it can be.  

Crispy Whole Fish in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

Jeffrey G. Tan
Skip the knife and cook this fish whole drizzled with a homemade sweet chili sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Chinese, Filipino
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Crispy Whole Fish in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 500-700 grams whole fish (lapu-lapu, maya-maya, or talakitok) apahap, lapu lapu, pla-pla, cleaned, gutted
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/4 Cup red and green bell peppers seeded, finely diced
  • 1 Small red onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
  • 1/2 Cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup Potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • cooking oil for frying
  • lime wedges to serve
  • green onions chopped, to serve

Instructions
 

  • Score the fish on both sides. Season with salt.
  • Prepare the sauce: In a pan, heat the oil, sauté the peppers, onions, and garlic until fragrant. Add the water. Let it boil. Pour in the fish sauce and let it simmer. Lastly, add the sweet chilli sauce. Let it simmer for 2 minutes until reduced. Add more water if it’s too thick. Set aside.
  • Prepare a wok, and heat the oil for frying. Dredge the fish in potato starch, tap any excess. When the oil is hot, fry the fish until cooked through.
  • To serve, place the crispy fish on a platter. Spoon over the sweet chilli sauce. Garnish with green onions on top, and serve with lime wedges.
Keyword pan-fried fish recipe, Filipino fish recipe, fried fish recipe, sweet chili sauce, fried fish
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