Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

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Today I am sharing my simple recipe for sweet and sour fish fillet, a popular Chinese restaurant favorite here in Trinidad and Tobago. Possibly, any restaurant you visit here will have it on their menu.

The Crunch of the Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

Sweet and sour fish has a slight tart taste with a touch of sweetness and a bit of a crunch when you eat it….To me it’s a piece of heaven in my mouth…..  I can see it now…Yin and Yang are in harmony with the flavours all at peace with each other in your mouth. With every self gratifying piece of sweet and sour fish all you worries fade away in the restaurant…..It fades into the background even more as you look at the aquarium filled with beautiful and exotic fish in front of you…What a meal!!

Sometimes the fish fillets used for this recipe would be deep-fried whole, but I chose to make the fillets more bite sized by cutting them to the size of about 4 x 2 cm. Even though I’ve used fish, the same technique could be applied to chicken as well. Just cut into bite sized strips, flour and fry away :-)

As you would notice, this recipe is really easy and quick to make once you learn the steps. Hmmmm! Makes me wonder why is this dish is so expensive at the Chinese restaurants? Maybe it’s the serene ambience in which you enjoy the meal …..Anyhow, without further ado here’s Sweet and Sour Fish.

Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet


sweet and sour fish fillet

2 fish fillets (we used whitefish)
1 tbsp. ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 beaten egg
1 sprig of chive, chopped

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
11/2 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. sweet and sour sauce
1 tbsp. tomato ketchup
1 dash of pepper flakes
oil for deep frying

  Slice the fillets neatly.
 Chop the ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper finely and ….
….season the fish.
Dip the fish into egg to coat then roll into the flour mixture (the flour and cornstarch).
Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
 Bring oil to boil and deep fry fish until golden brown.
 Remove and drain on paper towels.
 This is the brand of sweet and sour sauce I used for this recipe.
You can use any brand you prefer.


 Heat a clean wok over a medium flame and add the sweet and sour sauce and ketchup. Stir.


Place fish onto serving platter.
Pour sauce over fish, garnish with chopped chive and serve.

Well that was very easy, wasn’t it? This is certainly one of the most rewarding dishes to know how to cook at home.  Plus it will save you a lot of money. This dish costs about TTD $35.00 – $45.00 a portion at the restaurant, so learn it well lol!!

Oh!! and before I go another thought has come to mind… You can complete this recipe with fried rice, stir fry vegetables, chicken lo mein, or  vegetable chow mein with a side of shrimp wantons and have a real feast lol!!

That’s it for this recipe. More recipes around the corner to come.

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