Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)

Sweet and Sour Fish

In February I made several dishes based on the start of the Chinese New Year. This was one of them, I’ll be posting the other 2 in the near future as well. 🙂

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (adapted from a recipe in the Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook)


3 1/2 lb fish fillets
salt and black pepper
1 tsp lime juice
3 pieces ginger
1/4 cup water


1 cup water
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsbp soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2-3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp minced ginger
salt and hot pepper to taste
1/2 cup coleslaw


1. Wash and season fish with garlic, chive, salt, black pepper, lime and ginger.

2. Place fish and water in a large frying pan or shallow pot and simmer for 20-25 minutes until cooked

3. While fish cooks: blend in a saucepan, water, cornstarch, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, ginger, salt and hot pepper
4. Stir over high heat for 5 minutes

5. Add 1/2 cup coarsely grated coleslaw, 1/2 cup vinegar (white or cider)
6. Cook until vegetables are soft.

7. Pour sweet and sour sauce over fish and cook for 5 minutes more

8. Remove fish to a large platter and cover with sauce

Serves 6

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  • Lydia

    Sarina, what kind of fish did you use?

    • Sarina

      i used butterfish 😀

  • Lydia

    Sarina, what kind of fish did you use?

    • Sarina

      i used butterfish 😀

  • Lilandra

    what is butterfish?
    also i like sweet and sour fish

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