Thursday, 8 November 2012

Indo-Chinese Chilly Fish

Today's Chilly Fish is inspired by the classic Indo-Chinese recipe; is excellent for entree' and can also be served as a side dish with fried rice. It is very similar to the Indo-Chinese chilly chicken and is a seafood lovers dream food. It is best prepared with any firm white fish fillets like Snapper or Barramundi; but be sure that the fish is fresh. I personally feel that seafood recipes are totally lost when you prepare it with the frozen varieties.

I prepared this a few weeks back when some of my friends came home for lunch. And I learnt something on that day. Maintaining a blog and cooking for friends cannot go hand in hand. Well! At least for me that is true. The issue here is more than often you take double the time preparing your dishes because you are cooking and trying to write down the recipe at the same time and then also left with very little time to take some good clicks. So you end up compromising yourself with not so satisfactory clicks - which is so very evident in my snaps here. So I've decided to distance the two; I either cook for my blog or I cook for my friends - but never together at the same time. Hopefully, I will find the time for both.

Makes: 5 - 6 serves
Preparation Time: 30 minutes + time to marinate
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Note:- Fish fillets, onion, capsicum should all be cut into the same size cubes

  • 1/2 kg firm white fish fillets like Snapper or Barramundi, cut into cubes
Dry Marinade
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
Wet Marinade
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 - 3 tbsp beaten egg
  • 1 - 2 tbsp lukewarm water
  • Salt to taste
Remaining Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized brown onion, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium sized brown onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilly, chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 green capsicum, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 yellow capsicum, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil + extra to fry fish
  • 1 tsp pepper powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 3 tbsp Fountain red chilly sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chinese five spice (may be substituted with Indian garam masala)
1. Marinate fish with dry marinade, cover and refrigerate for two hours. Mix all ingredients for wet marinade and make a thick marinade to coat fish well. Add few more teaspoons of water if the batter is too thick. Deep fry fish until cooked.
2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and green chilly and toss till it turns colour into light brown. Add chopped onion and celery and stir for 2 -3 minutes until onion softens. Now add paprika and pepper powder and stir for 1 minute. Add diced onion and toss for a few minutes until it softens. Then add all the sauces and chinese five spice together and mix well. Finally add fried fish pieces and capsicum and keep tossing for a few minutes. If the sauce gets too dry add a few tablespoons of water. This will allow the sauces to mix well through fish pieces. Remove from fire and toss in chopped spring onions.

This is a dry preparation and can be served as an entree'.

To serve as a side-dish for fried rice add half a cup of water, bring to boil and add 1 tbsp corn flour mixed with 4 tbsp of water and mix well. This will give you a little extra gravy.


  1. love chilly fish....yours look too good

  2. wow ..yummy all time fav!
    frst time here ..hapi to follow u...glad if u do the same....

  3. chilli fish looks super delicious dear love it

  4. Tofu or vegetables works very well for me with this marinade.

  5. wow..drooling drooling..that's very true dear,same goes with me,whenever there is a party..I usually skip taking the recipe clicks because of lack of time and will have to repeat the same dish to take clicks & add to blog:)
    Regarding your query about frozen shallots,I bought those frozen only once after coming here and wasn't satisfied with the texture..I have used the fresh ones in my recipes,stopped buying frozen,am not very sure of the taste of the dip using frozen shallots:(

  6. Thank you all..

    Kitchen Queen - I went to a chinese restaurant some time back where they served vegetarain dishes as a mock of non-vegetarian. Silk tofu instead of fish, hard tofu for chicken and soy for meat. I didn't for one moment believe that I was eating vegetarian :)

    Julie - Thanks for your response darling.