How to make Fish In Hot Bean Sauce -

Deep fried fish cooked in hot bean sauce

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Fish Fillets (फिश फिले), Hot Black bean paste (हौट ब्लैक बीन पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Fish In Hot Bean Sauce

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Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Fish In Hot Bean Sauce Recipe

  • Fish Fillets cut into 1½ inch cubes 400 grams

  • Hot Black bean paste 2 tablespoons

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 6 tablespoons

  • Oil 4 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Oyster sauce 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Fish stock or chicken stock 2 cups

  • Ginger grated 1 inch piece

  • Onion sliced thinly 1 medium

  • Green chillies sliced 3-4

  • Malt vinegar 1 tablespoon

  • Black peppercorns crushed 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 1/2 cup


Step 1

Roll the fish pieces in three tablespoons of cornflour. Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep fry the fish pieces for a minute. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 2

Mix the remaining cornflour in one cup of water. Mix the oyster sauce, hot black bean paste, sugar and salt in one cup of stock. Heat four tablespoons of oil in a wok or a pan, add the ginger, onion and green chillies and stir fry for a minute.

Step 3

Stir in the sauce and spice mix and the remaining stock and bring to a boil. Stir in cornflour mixture and cook for a minute or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Step 4

Add fried fish pieces and cook for a minute more, stirring gently. Stir in malt vinegar, crushed peppercorns and serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves.

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