4 Easy Fish Recipes In 30 Minutes or Less

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How often do you cook fish?

  • Once or twice a week
  • Every day, a must !
  • Once a month or when in the mood.
  • Never! I can't stand fish smell
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Facts About Fish

Fish is known low in fat and high in protein. Fish makes an excellent food of a healthy and well balanced diet.

It is quick and easy to clean fishes except for the scaly ones. If you hate to pull out those intestines, you could request for the fishmonger to do the gooey job for you. Nowadays, even hypermarket has the service too.

Otherwise, you can purchase pre-prepared fish packed in vacuum packet at supermarket which are usually frozen. Consumers are spoilt for having various of choices and availability of fish to choose from at the wet market and hypermarket.

Fishes are categorized into 2 types:

  • Seawater
  • Fresh water

How to cook fish?

There are many methods to cook fish. You can either :

  • bake,
  • steam,
  • poach,
  • boil,
  • fried,
  • grill,
  • roast and
  • stir-fried.

Why you should eat fish?

Many people have the wrong concept that fish has a mild, bland flavor and difficult to cook, compare to meat and vegetables which are robust food.

Instead, look at the bright side. Fish is an interesting dish that makes a perfect match for weight watchers.

Fish contains :

  • protein,
  • low in cholesterol,
  • low in fat and
  • is a nutritional food.

It is essential to ensure that you food is tasty and not boring when following a diet plan to lose those excess fats.

In the market, fish comes in many types, such as fish cake, fish finger ( covered with breadcrumbs ), fish balls, thickly sliced fish meat like the Salmon and Codfish.

For those who loves oily fish, especially Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines and Herring, ought to reduce the quantities because the flesh are high in calories. Simply combine with more vegetables to hide the calories and enhance the taste.

Majority prefer fish which are canned due to convenience and fast to cook. Choose tuna fish canned in brine or water instead of oil. In this article, you will find some spicy delicious fish which makes your mouth water and steam dishes for light eaters.

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Fish Recipe No. 1: Fried Fish Japanese Style

Easy and yummy
Easy and yummy | Source

This simple and straight forward recipe is delicious and ready in 30 minutes or less. If you don't want to waste your time waiting for the fish to marinate in the mixed sauces, marinate them in the morning and leave them in the refrigerator until you finish work. By then, the fishes are deep marinated and smell delicious when you fry them.

Don't worry about the Spanish mackerel fishy odor. Let the mirin sauce do the trick. It overlaps the fish odor with its' sweet rice wine. Just squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle chopped parsley for tasty and hearty meal.

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Mackerel fishes
Mackerel fishes | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 3 person


  • 3 thick slices Spanish mackerel, or white cod fish
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp shiitake pepper
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger juice
  • 1 tbsp mirin

What is Mirin Sauce? Can I substitute it?

Mirin Sauce

Mirin sauce is a kind of rice wine that is similar to sake (Japanese wine) but the sugar content is higher while the alcohol content is lower. Suitable for cooking purpose. Japanese chef uses mirin in order to remove the fish odor when grilling, frying or roasting fish. Usually 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tbsp is used to marinate the fish (depending on how many pieces or how big is the fish ) rather than using sugar and soy sauce. However, do not use too much mirin sauce as it has a strong flavor that might put you off.

Can I Substitute Mirin Sauce?

Yes, if you can't find any mirin sauce in the hypermarket or you are in a hurry to get ready dinner for a hungry pack of kids (or adults) , you can try the following methods:

  • 1/4 cup dry sherry mix with 1/4 tsp of sugar.
  • Mix rice vinegar, sugar and salt together.
  • Mix rice vinegar with sweet chilli sauce.


  1. Mix all ingredients together and let the fishes sit in the marinade for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or wok. Fry the fish, one at a time on high heat until brown on one side. Turn over to the other raw side.
  3. Do not overcook the fish as the meat will turn rough and tough. Remember not to leave the fish unattended. You might burnt the fish.
  4. When both sides of the fish are cooked and brownish, turn off heat. Remove and place on a flat plate. Serve with chopped parsley, slices of tomatoes and lemon.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 person
Calories 216
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 350 mg15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Fish Recipe No. 2: Grilled Fish

Grill Fish goes well with thai chilli sauce
Grill Fish goes well with thai chilli sauce | Source

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Is this Grilled Fish recipe easy to prepare?

  • Yes, definitely !
  • No, troublesome. Not my type of fish cooking method
  • Okay, I think I will try it someday.
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Cook Time:

Prepare time: 5 minutes

Grill Time: 10-15 minutes

Total cook time: 15-20 minutes

Yield: 4 Persons

Ingredients To Prepare:

  • 4 Spanish Mackerels or any fish that you like- remove the intestines, wash well.
  • Thumb size shrimp paste- toasted and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup tamarind juice
  • salt to taste
  • corn flour - to dust the fishes


  • 2 red chillies - sliced thinly
  • 2 green chillies- sliced thinly
  • 3 shallots- sliced thinly

What is Shrimp Paste?

Shrimp paste or shrimp sauce is commonly used in Asian spicy food, dipping sauce, curries and spicy sauces to enhance the fragrant smell. If you hold the shrimp sauce just below your nose, you will overblown by it's stinky smell. However, when you mix it will the spicy ingredients, it will turn out fragrant and tasty.

Shrimp sauce or shrimp paste is also called as "Belacan " in Malay language. It is made from fermented ground shrimp with salt and sun-dried into blocks or different sizes.

Where to buy Shrimp paste?

Shrimp paste comes in blocks, circles or rectangular sizes, usually packed in paper packing or laminated plastic bags. You can find them in wet market, supermarket, grocery stores and hypermarket under the seasoning department. They are sold cheaply. I bought one piece for RM0.50 ( USD $0.16 )cents that could last me for 5 times cooking different recipes ! You could also order online at Amazon for this Thai Shrimp Paste that could last you for years. Most of these packaging expiry dates are either 2015 or 2016.

Fry, Roast, Grill Fish Photos

fried fishes from the wok
fried fishes from the wok | Source
grill fish in the oven is convenient too
grill fish in the oven is convenient too | Source
grilling fish on outdoor grill
grilling fish on outdoor grill | Source

How to Grill The Fish?

Methods to grill fish:

  • If you have an oven with a grill, you could easily grill the fish without having to worry burning them.
  • Otherwise, you could use a barbeque grill to roast your fish in the backyard.
  • The best way I chose was to fry them in the wok, save time.

Instructions to grill fish:

  • Make sure that all the intestines , gills, bloods are removed and wash cleanly.
  • Sprinkle a little salt on both sides of the fish.
  • Grill or roast them until both sides are cooked.
  • If you plan to fry in a wok, sprinkle some corn flour and spread them evenly on both sides.
  • This is to avoid the water still remained in the fish from popping in the hot oil.
  • Furthermore, your fish will turn out crunchy and crispy. I like that.

spicy and delicious to dip in
spicy and delicious to dip in | Source

How to Prepare Sauce?

While waiting the fishes to cook, prepare the sauce. It is easy and quick too.

  • Mix together the sliced red, green chillies and shallots into a small bowl.
  • Add 1 tsp tamarind paste into 1/2 cup of water to produce the tamarind juice.
  • Toast the shrimp paste in the toaster for 3-5 minutes. Crumbled shrimp paste.
  • Mix all ingredients together. Stir well and all combined.
  • Add salt to taste. Don't put too much salt, it will turn salty.

Once the fishes are cooked, serve them hot with the sauce and white rice or just eat the fish by dipping the fish meat into the sauce. You could fly to Heaven !!

Fish Recipe No.3 : Cod Fish with Black Pepper Sauce

Cod Fish is my favorite !
Cod Fish is my favorite ! | Source

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Cod fish had been my favorite fish since I was pregnant with my first child. The fish meat is white, soft and delicate. Cod fish absorbs well all type of sauces but I prefer black pepper sauce which reminds me of grilled chicken chop with black pepper sauce.

This fish recipe is easily prepare and takes approximately 20 minutes to ready that yields 4 persons. This flavor-packed cod fish dish will definitely appear on your dining table next week. Your family members will pre-order this Cod Fish with Black Pepper Sauce before the weekend arrives. Decorate this cod fish with chopped spring onions, fried strips of ginger and strips of carrots to enhance the taste.

Cook Time:

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Ready Time: 15-20 minutes

Yield: 4 persons

Ingredients To Prepare:

500g cod fish steak cut into 4 equal pieces

1 sachet black pepper mix sauce or paste

5 tbsp water

1 medium chopped onion

3cm ginger shredded

1 stalk coriander leaves

Fresh Cod Fish

Freshly caught Cod Fish For Dinner
Freshly caught Cod Fish For Dinner | Source

Cut Cod Fish for convenience

Slices of Cod Fsh
Slices of Cod Fsh | Source


  • Place cleaned fish on heatproof plate.
  • Mix the rest of ingredients except ginger and coriander leaves and sprinkle over the fish.
  • Steam fish in hot steamer for 10-15 minutes or until the fish are cooked.
  • Heat up wok with a little oil.
  • Sauté shredded ginger until golden and fragrant. Remove and set aside.
  • Chop coriander leaves into preferred size.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and shredded ginger on to the fishes.
  • You could replace cod fish with any fish steak such as kurau or garoupa.

Fish Recipe No 4: Braised Croaker Fish with Radish

Delicious Croaker Fish with Radish Soup
Delicious Croaker Fish with Radish Soup | Source

In Malaysia, croacker fish is known as "Ikan Gelama", usually sold in wet market and hypermarket. Croaker fish meat is white, delicate and easily digested. The bones are small, could be eaten if fried until crispy. This fish is medium in size, smaller than red snapper and usually silver-gray color with white or yellow fins. There are many ways to cook croaker fish. The most commonly found fish recipes are fried croaker with spicy sauce, steam croaker with ginger and soytbean paste or braised croaker fish with radish soup. For a hot weather or summer season, it is wise to consume steam or briased fish to lower down our temperature and healthy for our body.

Fish Substitutes:

Tilapia Fish
Tilapia Fish | Source
Garoupa Fish
Garoupa Fish | Source
Silver Pomfret Fish, delicate soft white flesh
Silver Pomfret Fish, delicate soft white flesh | Source

Cook Time:

Prepare Time:10 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Ready Time: 25-30 minutes

Yield: 3 Persons

Ingredients to Prepare:

450g radish

1 croaker fish ( medium of large size )

2 stalks of Chinese celery stem- sectioned

3 slices of ginger

2 tbsp soybean paste


1/2 tsp sugar

Ground white pepper

Croaker Fish
Croaker Fish
Chinese Celery
Chinese Celery
White radish
White radish


  • Crush all mash the soybean into bean paste. Set aside.
  • Remove the fish intestines, gills and blood. Wash thoroughly.
  • If the croaker fish is big, cut it into half for easy cooking.
  • Brush a little salt on both sides of the fish. Set aside.
  • Peel radish. Rinse and shred the radish into 3 inch strips.
  • Boil the radish strips in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften them. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a wok.
  • Slide in the upper fish into the wok.
  • Fry fish until both sides are slightly brown. Remove the cooked fish.
  • Repeat the same procedure for the lower part of the fish. Removed it.
  • With the remainder of the oil, sauté ginger, cooked radish, mashed bean paste and seasoning in.
  • Pour in 1 cup of boiling water into the wok.
  • Add in the fried croaker fish into the wok.
  • Cover the lid to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add in Chinese celery and bring to boil for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Serve hot with white rice or porridge.

What is Soy Bean Paste?

Soy bean paste, not mash yet
Soy bean paste, not mash yet

Soy Bean Paste aka Taucheo

In chinese language, soy bean paste is fondly known as "Taucheo" or "Doubanjiang". Soy bean paste is actually made from yellow soy beans which are mixed with salt and fermented. It comes in several forms such as whole beans, half beans and finely mashed paste. Whole beans and half beans are usually cooked with stir fry vegetables such as long beans,eggplants and steamed fish. On the other hand, finely mashed paste soy beans are used in soup, stewed pork, chicken dishes, tofu dishes and the most popularly known meesiam ( Spicy bihun).

You may also find these Taucheo labelled as "Preserved Soy Bean Paste" or "Bean Sauce", usually packed in small jar with lid, either made in Malaysia or China.

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christine almaraz 5 years ago from colorado springs

Love, love, love fish. Thanks for sharing.

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MarkMAllen15 5 years ago

Delicious recipe! Love it.

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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

My family love fish too. They prefer the spicy fish.

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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

I have more fish recipes in my another blog. Do visit at simplehomedish.blogspot.com

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

I scored 100% for The Fish Quiz. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Wikipedia!!!

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

LOL!! You are know your fishes well

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WalterPoon 3 years ago from Malaysia

Far from it, I had to refer to Wikipedia all the time, LOL.

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Thelma Alberts 16 months ago from Germany

I love fish but I have not eaten fish for a month now I think. I have to buy and fried or roast fish soon. Thanks for reminding me. I am getting hungry seeing these photos. Good night!

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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks thelma, is it expensive to buy fish in Germany?

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