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Red Fish Snapper with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Updated on November 1, 2015
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DAY 11. HUB #11

Great Fish for Dinner

Red Fish with Sweet And Sour Sauce
Red Fish with Sweet And Sour Sauce | Source

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Why choose Red Fish?

Red fish or Red Snapper are one of the most common fishes can be found in the wet market. It is also known as “Ikan Merah” locally in Malay language which literally means “Red Fish”

Here, the price of one medium size Red Fish is equivalent to 5-6 Sardine fishes because it has more meat, soft, tender meat and the flesh is white too.

Nevertheless, some may dislike to scrape off the Red Fish scales which are abundant on both sides of the fish because it is troublesome as the scales keep popping to your skin and everywhere.

Hence, most consumers would request the fish mongers to do the “troublesome” job and to remove the intestines as well.



My homemade sweet and sour sauce

I get FREE chilli sauce from McD and KFC whenever I order take-aways
I get FREE chilli sauce from McD and KFC whenever I order take-aways | Source
Mix oyster sauce, chilli sauce, sugar and tomato sauce
Mix oyster sauce, chilli sauce, sugar and tomato sauce | Source

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Why use Sweet and Sour Sauce ?

Sweet and sour sauce is commonly used in seafood recipes as the tangy and sweet sour taste help to overcome the strong seafood odor.

One way to decrease the fishy odor is to deep fry the fish until crispy rather than steaming.

Sweet and sour sauce is a combination of:

  • chilli sauce
  • tomato sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • vinegar
  • sugar

You can omit the vinegar and tomato sauce if you dislike the flavor. Alternatively, you could buy Thai chilli sauce that comes in a small bottle for a fair price.

Anyway, I got my chilli sauce and tomato sauce for FREE by ordering take-away from McD , KFC and Burger King. Ask for additional sachets of these sauces and they are willing to give extra 4 sachets to the ones you have.

Among the brands, I love "Life" brand, a little sweet and spicy.



I love Minor's brand. It comes in 2kg, good enough to last for a year for me and the sweet and sour taste is awesome, similar to KFC and McD chilli sauce except for a little sourish taste.

It has no MSG, suitable for vegetarian, my in-laws are vegetarian, by the way.

When I use this sauce for my Red Snapper Fish dish, I need not add in any vinegar or sugar but I did add in a little oyster sauce and corn starch to thicken the sauce.

Perfect sauce for dipping homemade chicken nuggets, fried chickens and onion rings too.


How to choose red fish

Fresh Red Snapper Fish looks fresh with crush ice cubes
Fresh Red Snapper Fish looks fresh with crush ice cubes | Source

Tips on how to choose fresh fish

I remembered that during my younger days, my mom used to drag me along to the local wet market and taught me some tips on how to choose fresh fishes. Here are the tips:

  • Always look for clear eyes- bright clear eyes indicate that these fish are freshly caught. Red eyes and white eyes means these fish had been caught more than a day and are turning stale soon.
  • Red under the gills- Use your fingers to flip open the gill covers . Make sure that they are red gill filaments inside. Do not choose those with dirt or sand that covered the filaments.
  • The skin bounces back when your finger press lightly on the fish body- fresh fish looks a bit bloat with shiny scales. Overnight fish body is usually flatten and the skin comes off easily when you touches it.
  • No intestines or “shit” coming out from the fish tummy- I really detest when I see these type of fish with shit coming out from the "buttock" side! Worse of all, some of these fish had small fishes in its mouth! Seems that they were having their meal when they were caught.

There were a few “red eyes” fishes which indicated the fishes were not fresh and some of them had small tiny fish which looks like “ikan bilis” in the Red Fish mouths! I flipped a few of the fishes on both sides to check for the eyes, gently pressed the bodies before decided to pick out 2 large size Red Fishes for our Sweet and Sour dinner.

A Reminder

Remember to clean the fish's intestines, gills and filaments thoroughly before cooking them. Otherwise, you would be able to smell and taste the fishy odor which may put you off!


You can request the fishmonger to cut the fish

If you hate the smell of fish odor in your hands, ask the fish mongers for help
If you hate the smell of fish odor in your hands, ask the fish mongers for help | Source

How to Remove Guts From a Fish

Red Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Here is the step-by-step recipe with photos for better understanding of the instructions

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2 person per large fish

Prepare in advance

chopped red onions
chopped red onions | Source
slices of carrots with chopped garlic
slices of carrots with chopped garlic | Source
slices of fresh ginger with skin
slices of fresh ginger with skin | Source
cubes of fresh tomato, remove the seeds and pulps
cubes of fresh tomato, remove the seeds and pulps | Source

Ingredients to prepare

  • 2 pieces of medium red fish or 1 large red fish, intestines and gills removed and cleaned
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ big red onion, chopped
  • 10 slices carrot
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 small tomato, optional (cut into cubes)

My own homemade sweet and sour sauce

simple combination of oyster sauce, sugar, shiili sauce and tomato sauce for a delicious paste
simple combination of oyster sauce, sugar, shiili sauce and tomato sauce for a delicious paste | Source

How to prepare the Sweet and sour sauce:

This are the sauces that you need to prepare.

(mix all together in a small bowl )

3 tbs chili sauce

2 tbs tomato sauce

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp oyster sauce

How to thicken sauce mixture

You need to thicken the Sweet and Sour sauce with corn flour mixture. Otherwise, the sauce will turn out watery and a little sour.

Here's how to prepare the corn flour mixture:

½ bowl water mix with 1 tsp corn flour

Remember to stir the mixture before you pour it into the Sweet and Sour Sauce.



Deep fry fish and remove to a plate
Deep fry fish and remove to a plate | Source
Fry garlic and onions until fragrant
Fry garlic and onions until fragrant
Add in carrots
Add in carrots
Add in mixed sauces and corn flour water
Add in mixed sauces and corn flour water
Add in fried fish
Add in fried fish

How to fry Red Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce

  1. Heat up the wok with 5-10 tbs cooking oil ( depending how many fish you are frying )
  2. Pat dry the fish(s) , sprinkle some salt on to the body of the fish of both sides
  3. Then, spread some corn flour on to the fish on both sides too.
  4. When the oil is hot , deep fry the fish until both sides are crispy and brown.
  5. Remove the fish(s) to a plate.
  6. Remove all the excess oil. Just leave 1tbs of oil in the wok.
  7. Fry garlic and onion until fragrant.
  8. Add in strips of carrots and stir fry for 1-2min.
  9. Turn the fire into the smallest, pour in the mixed sauces and ½ bowl of corn flour mixture.
  10. Let it simmer for 3-5min and add in the fried fish(s).
  11. Ensure that both sides of the fish(s) are well coated with the sweet and sour sauce.
  12. Turn off the heat. Transfer the Sweet and Sour Red Fish into a plate. Serve hot with white rice.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 person per fish
Calories 230
Calories from Fat225
% Daily Value *
Fat 25 g38%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 51 g17%
Sugar 22 g
Protein 61 g122%
* 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 fillet with lemon sauce
Fish fillet with lemon sauce | Source

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    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this recipe. My mother's husband turned me off to fishing.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mhatter99

      Glad you like this recipe. Where can you go fishing? The sea or lake?

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      I love to fish, and I also love to eat. Fish is one of my absolute favorites. Thanks!

      Kerry

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @kerry43

      My kids love fish too. Full of protein and cheaper than pork and chicken.

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      I love fish, could eat it every day. Thanks for sharing the tasty recipes.

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Very interesting recipe! Looks delicious! I love all kinds of fish!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sallieann

      Thanks for dropping by. I am sure you are gonna hook to this recipe.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @twig

      Thanks for reading. Same here, i could eat any fish everyday. Love them!

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      writerjj 4 years ago

      A very mouthwatering hub. Made me crave for some home cook fish dish :) thanks for sharing.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for yr comments. Hope that you enjoy cooking this dish.

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      yanie 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is nice..yummy;) can try your version of sweet sour sauce recepi;))

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sarniah

      Gee, . thanks for reading. I am sure this recipe is similar to yours.

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      yanie 4 years ago from Singapore

      You r welcme;) a bit but not totally..still can try each others recipe ya;))

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Do you know how to make sambal? Malay sambal are very sedap. Can you share your recipe with me? Thanks.

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      yanie 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi peachpurple:). As in sambal tumis or sambal belacan:).u may leave me ur email ok..n I try to share wit you...by d way ..I m just an ordinary person who not so great in cooking..but I love to try from my grndmothers recipe:)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my email is byjrain@yahoo.com

      Thanks!

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      yanie 4 years ago from Singapore

      Noted thanks;)But what type of sambal u want?;))d sambal in nasi lemak or sambal belacan?;))

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      sambal nasi lemak, pls

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      yanie 4 years ago from Singapore

      Will email u as soon as possible;)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Simply amazing recipe. I don`t like fish so much but your recipe is making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @susan

      Thanks for yr comments. Yup, sure is tasty

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We love eating fish but usually buy them already filleted. Will have to give your recipe a try as it sounds good. Pinning this to my fish board and will share.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @peggy

      thanks, do try the whole fish instead, crispy and crunchy

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Good tips here on choosing fresh fish from the market. Thanks also for the recipe. It's been years since I went salt water fishing but we used to have a family fish fry afterward using the Snapper and Yellow Tail fish we caught. Fish is really healthy food and good for you.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      OMG! I was about to go to bed as it is midnight here but I checked G+ and saw your fish photo. I had to sign in here and checked the fish. LOL! My mouth is watering now. Yummy! I have a similar recipe of this. Thanks for sharing. Belated Happy Mother´s Day! Good night!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks pegcole, yes fish is good for everyone, especially old folks and growing kids

      Thanks thelma, sorry to wake you up, I am sure you will have no problem with this fish

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