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Crispy Chilli Fish

Hi guys,
What are we going to cook today? I think you have already figured it out obviously? Yep. I am going to share with all of you how to make this Crispy Chilli Fish (Chilli Soy Fish, Chilli Lime Fish & Spicy Grilled Fish). Its basically a Malaysian Chinese (Malaysian Sour Spicy Fish Soup Noodles) style chilli fish. In other words, this kinda chilli fish is most of the time prominently available in high end Chinese restaurants or even the ordinary coffee shop unassuming eateries (Chilli Clams, Sweet Chilli Chicken, Sichuan Chilli Prawns & Chilli Crab). Chilli fish can also be made into the other style. The steaming style (Teochew Steamed FishHong Kong Style Steamed Fish), instead of frying the fish (Batter Fried Fish), but for this recipe, the needed is definitely frying the fish. Really crispy and crunchy on the outside and tender meat inside fish which has been rubbed with cornflour, rice flour and salt. Thereafter, we get down to making the sauce. Sauce made from the customary Chinese ingredients (Chinese Prawn Fritters, Sesame Chicken, Chow Mein & Chinese Melon Soup), of course chillies for Chinese dishes overall is a must as well and this sauce tipped over the fried fish and garnished with crispy fried garlic and crispy fried kaffir lime leaves. Perhaps my recipe is a twist to the usual ones, but seriously, I reckon you will truly dived into Crispy Chilli Fish without thinking twice. 

500g seabass - use the tail portion
1/2 tbsp cornflour
1/2 tbsp rice flour
4 kaffir lime leaves - shredded
5 dried red chillies - cut into 3-4 pieces 
1 1/2 tsp Sechuan peppercorns (can replace with black pepper)
5 garlic - chopped
Oil for frying
Salt for taste

For the gravy
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 lime - extract juice
1 cup water
1/2 tsp anchovies granules (optional)
Salt for taste (taste before adding)

Rub cornflour, rice flour and salt all over the fish.
Deep fry, dish out and place on a serving plate.
Fry chopped garlic in the same oil till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Do the same to the lime leaves - fry till crispy. 
Leave 3 tbsp of oil in the wok.
Add chillies and pepper.
Fry for 1-2 mins.
Add the gravy ingredients and bring to a boil.
Pour over fish and garnish with fried garlic and lime leaves.


  1. lovely presentation,easy breezy fish fry with loads of flavors.

  2. never prepared this way.. thanks for sharing this new method..

  3. Interesting preparation. I may just do it with some of the frozen salmon and cod that I have left.

  4. Super delicious and lovely fish, as I said earlier I am learning a lot different dishes from you...
    Thank you very much for sharing...

  5. Nice to c ur blog.. Will be around :)

  6. fried fish look delicious Nava, that gravy with garlic and chili will be awesome.

  7. the thing is....i dont like deep fry fish coz each time turn out terrible for me. Not like yours golden so jealous

  8. This is a great recipe.. The fish looks awesome... Awesome clicks Nava :-)

  9. It has a typical gourmet dish, look! Beautiful presentation too.
    Also anchovies granules, packs further punch.
    Looks great.

  10. I'm drooling just to see this fried fish pic,,,Nava you made alot of my favorite dishes lately,gorgeous presentation,looks like expensive meals,AMAZING :)

  11. interesting! I have never heard of such a way of cooking fish! Did not learn that lime leaves can be fried/eaten!!

    Learn two new things today =)

  12. Well prepared and new for me.

  13. gud...shld try dis next tym whn i prepare fish..
    do peek into my space too..

  14. Looks so inviting. Forgotten the taste of fish.hubs dunno eat, so I stopped eating.

  15. Wow, that must have been absolutely delicious! I'm always looking for ways to pep up my fish dishes, Like another commenter I didn't know lime leaves could be used like that. I thought they only went into curries! I must try this one!!

  16. I'm always looking for new ways to pep up my fish dishes and I found one! Wow, this must have tasted heavenly! Love the idea of lime leaves as a garnish. This I must try!

  17. fried fish look delicious n really sounds new Nava,gravy with garlic and chili also luks diff but flavourful too.

  18. A innovative recipe with sea bass. Will love to have a piece. Yummm

  19. Interesting recipe dear . Nice clicks

  20. Hi Nava, this fish dish look excellent. I don't mind to have extra rice, please. :)

  21. Hi nava....a new recipe n i love it. Wil try this out when time permits. Simple ingredients buts looks awesome!!

  22. Wow!! beautiful presentation. It looks superb dear. Yum :)

  23. So tempting... and I am always game for it


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