Chinese New Year is around the corner and I am sharing a mouthwatering fish recipe with you.
In Chinese cooking, fish is a must-have ingredient for Chinese New Year because it’s auspicious.
Fish is “yu” (鱼) in Chinese; it means abundance and a symbol of great fortune and prosperity. Chinese New Year meals will not be complete without fish as one of the main courses!
Back home in Malaysia and in the Asia region, we usually eat fish as a whole, with its head and tail attached.
Whole fish signifies wholeness, which is a lucky symbol. However, being in the United States, whole and fresh fish are hard to come by.
I developed this Ginger Soy Fish using white fish fillet, which you can easily get from any supermarkets.
The taste is authentic, 100% Chinese, but anyone can enjoy the amazing flavors of this dish.
If you haven’t tried Chinese-style fish, you absolutely have to because very few things taste as good as a perfectly cooked fish doused in a savory and utterly delicious soy sauce. You really have to try my recipe!
Use White Fish: Halibut or Cod
For this recipe, I used halibut fillet, which is a premier white fish.
What is a white fish? White fish refers to a group of fish with white flesh, for example: halibut, pollock, cod, snapper, sole or flounder.
You want to use firm white fish as it’s easier to cook.
I strongly recommend halibut but pollock and cod will work just fine. Avoid sole and flounder as the flesh are too delicate for this recipe.
Ginger is the Secret Ingredient
I absolutely love ginger. I use it a lot in my Chinese recipes. Ginger imparts an amazing nuance to seafood and rids the seafood from potential fishy odor.
For this Ginger Soy Fish, you want to cut the ginger into thin strips, and then stir-fry them to light brown.
Top the fish with the ginger strips, chopped scallion and serve it with warm steamed rice. Check out my Chinese recipes for delicious homemade Chinese food!
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Ginger Soy Fish
Ginger Soy Fish - crispy and perfectly cooked fish in a mouthwatering sauce. Topped with ginger and scallion, this recipe is so good with steamed rice!
- 12 oz. halibut fish fillet (or firm fish such as cod)
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 2-inch piece ginger
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
Cut to the fish into thick, but bite size pieces. Add corn starch to the fish fillet.
Coat the fish with the corn starch. Set aside.
Peel the ginger, slice and cut into thin strips.
Mix all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl. Stir to mix well and make sure that the sugar melts.
Heat up a non-stick skillet or well-seasoned wok with the cooking oil on medium to high heat. When the oil is fully heated, add the ginger and stir-fry until they turn light brown. Remove them from the oil and set aside in a bowl.
Using the ginger-infused oil, pan fry the fish until both surface turn light to golden brown. Make sure you turn the fish very gently with spatula or tong, or preferably with a pair of long cooking chopsticks. Fish fillets are very delicate; you don't want to break them up while pan-frying.
Add the Sauce to the fish. As soon as the sauce bubbles. Turn off the heat and dish out. Top the fish with the ginger strips and scallion. Serve immediately with steamed rice.