Sweet and Sour Fish

At a boat show in Seattle in 1982, Pansy Brae had a stand offering samples and recipes. This one is a winner. The batter recipe alone is worth the recipe!
Photo by Ed T.

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

--

servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    pounds thick fish fillets (e.g. snapper or cod)

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • oil for frying

  • Batter

  • 1

    cup flour

  • 1/2

    cup cornstarch

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 1/2

    cups cold water

  • Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 1/2

    cups liquid (pineapple juice and water)

  • 1

    cup sugar

  • 3

    tablespoons cornstarch

  • 6

    tablespoons vinegar

  • 6

    tablespoons catsup

  • Garnish

  • 1

    #2 can pineapple chunks, drained

  • 1

    large tomato

  • 1

    large green pepper

  • toasted sesame seeds

Directions

Heat oil in deep fry-pan, wok or deep fryer to 375°F while you are preparing the various parts of this dish. Wash and dry fish fillets. Bone the fillets and cut into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle salt over fish and set aside. Prepare batter by mixing flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and cold water together in a bowl. This is a fairly thin batter. Set it aside. To prepare the sauce, drain the juice off the pineapple chunks used in the garnish. Add water to the juice to make 1 1/2 cups liquid. Combine sugar and cornstarch. Blend in vinegar and catsup. Stir in pineapple liquid. Cook, stirring, until thickened and clear. Keep sauce warm until needed. Prepare the garnish by cutting the tomato and green pepper into bite-sized chunks. Set aside with the drained pineapple and sesame seeds. To cook and serve: Dip cubed fish into batter. Drop into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain fish. Place in a warm spot. Continue until all the fish has been cooked and drained. Put cooked fish chunks in a deep serving platter. Garnish with tomato, pepper and pineapple chunks. Pour sweet and sour sauce over all. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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