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October 14th, 2008 19 Comments

Sweet and Sour Fish Recipe

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Recipe: Sweet and Sour Fish

Adapted from Penang Nyonya Cooking


1 whole fish, about 400g


1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon preserved soy bean paste (tau cheo)
100ml water
4 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 red chilli, finely pounded
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
Sugar, to taste
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, mix with 2 tablespoons of water


Coriander leaves


1) Clean the fish, wash and drain. Steam the fish until cooked, about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside.
2) To prepare the gravy, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add onion and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until soft.
3) Add preserved soy bean paste and stir-fry until fragrant.
4) Add water, tomato sauce, pounded chilli, light soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a slow boil.
5) Add cornstarch solution and stir quickly for a few more minutes.
6) Pour the gravy over the steamed fish. Garnish with coriander leaves, serve.

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19 comments... read them below or add one

  1. My Taste Heaven says:

    Hi RM, it’s a great idea to have a guest writer and hello Piggy. Your sweet and sour fish looks very delicious. Drool.

  2. worldwindows says:

    Thanks for the reminder of my mom’s cooking. Simple and quick. The ‘tau cheo’ with white rice!! heavenly.

  3. Food For Tots says:

    Will it be alright if the fish is steamed together with the pre-cooked gravy?

  4. homeladychef says:

    Hi~ Today is my “fish” day, So I have to cook fish. Drop by for some inspirations, Yes, ignited!

  5. allenooi says:

    Nice and simple dish!

    Welcome Piggy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. mycookinghut says:

    Well done, Piggy! This is a lovely dish :)

  7. Piggy says:

    Hello all, Thanks for your kind comments. :-)

    Hi food for tots, I’ve not tried this method but I think it should be able to produce the same result. However, you might not be able to get thick gravy (the addition of cornstarch solution) if it’s steamed with the fish, since such texture is usually achieved by stir-frying. It’s great to get new idea though, I will give it a try myself one of these days.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Stumbled upon this post via Google. I love sweet and sour fish, but I prefer sweet and sour fish recipe where the fish is deep-fried…I guess the recipe would still work as the sweet and sour sauce should be the same. Thank you.

  9. Pepsi says:

    Hi, I am Malaysian fellow also!
    Sweet & sour fish is a popular dish at my home. To make the dish more irresistable, I normally add some diced pineapples & cucumber.

    Pepsi :)

  10. Tummythoz says:

    Hmm I prefer the less healthy version – fry the fish instead of steaming.

  11. Lori Lynn says:

    That fish and sauce look fabulous. I love the colors in the photo with the green garnish. Looking forward to checking out your blog, Piggy!

  12. Mrs Ergül says:

    This is like comfort food for me! I love my mum’s cuz she makes the skin of the fish all crispy!

  13. Salt N Turmeric says:

    Hi Piggy. Love anything sweet and sour but mine gotta be deep-fried first. ;)

  14. ellie says:

    Hi, I’ve just cooked this fish as per your recipe and my oh my, yummmmmmyyyyyy!!!

    I’m the lazy sorta person so what I did was cooked the fish in the sauce together and when it’s done, I dished out the fish 1st and add in the cornstarch last to thicken the sauce. My short cut! lol…

    You got a great site going on here, love it! And thanks for your hard work of posting!!!

    • So nice of you to leave such supportive comments. And thanks for trying this sweet and sour fish recipe. Try the rest of my sweet and sour dishes posted, such as sweet and sour pork, sweet and sour chicken. Their ingredients almost identical and cooking is as easy, too. Enjoy!

  15. Emily Chng says:

    Hi, i tried this recipe today. I pan fried my dory fish instead of steam fish. Must say…YUMMY!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Rachel says:

    Hi there,

    Is there an alternative to pounded red chilli? like perhaps chilli sauce?

  17. Shawal says:

    Yummy!!! It’s good recipe.

  18. Mui says:

    I love all your recipes, simple! I living in uk, far from home, Malaysia. I a
    Ways have to mum for the recipes, now I just log in online, and I can cook! Haha! Thanks


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