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Crispy fish in chilli garlic sauce

It’s a great night to try something new, from the world of Hakka Cuisine try this delicious, spicy & crispy fish recipe! An easy recipe cooked in under 20 minutes.

You can recreate this recipe using any white fish fillet; basa, cod or haddock. Feel free to throw in any veggies of your choice and enjoy this alongside some hot fried rice.

Chilli Garlic Fish


Cod fish fillet 2 pcs


White plain flour 1/4 cup

Corn starch 2 tbsp

White pepper 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Baking soda A pinch

Water 1/2 cup


Oil 2 tbsp

Ginger mince 1/2 tsp

Garlic chopped 1 tsp

Red chilli paste 2 tbsp

Soy Sauce 1 tsp

Tomato ketchup 1 tbsp

Water to saute


It is necessary to remove any bacteria and raw smell from the fish.

  1. Rinse well in water

  2. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and salt on the fish and coat all sides.

  3. Wash well under running water.

  • Cut the fish fillet into smaller pieces.

  • Marinade fish with 1 tsp red chilli pepper, salt and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Let it marinate for 5-10 mins.


  • In a mixing bowl, add white plain flour, corn starch, white pepper powder, salt and a pinch of baking soda.

  • Stir and mix the dry ingredients together.

  • Add water in small quantities (in total approx 1/2 cup). The batter should be of a thick consistency with no lumps.

  • You can try a dipping test, where you dip a finger in batter, remove and check if your finger is coated on all sides and the batter isn't too runny or watery.

Deep fry the fish pieces

  • Heat oil in a pre heated pan, enough to deep fry the fish pieces.

  • Dip the marinated fish pieces in the batter and deep fry them for 2-3 minutes or until it turns golden brown.

  • Remove to a paper towel and drain excess oil.

Prepare sauce in a separate pan

  • Add oil to a pre-heated pan over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped garlic and minced ginger. Saute for couple minutes to remove the raw smell.

  • Add red chilli paste, soy sauce and tomato ketchup. Stir and saute.

  • Add little water to form the chilli sauce. Check if salt is needed and season as per taste. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat.

  • Pour the sauce over deep fried fish pieces and serve hot alongside rice.

Enjoy crispy chilli garlic deep fried goodness! Served best alongside fried rice.



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