Thursday, September 19, 2013

First time cooking fish

Even though I was raised on the California coast, I didn't, and still don't, eat much fish. I even more rarely cook fish. However, Taiwan is an island nation, and as such fish plays a big part in the lifestyle here so I figured I should try to prepare it at least once.

Yes, this is the first time in over five years in Taiwan that I've cooked fish. And I must say, it came out delicious! (Thanks to Dylan for the inspiration)

Let's eat…


  • 1 White fish, like tilapia
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced green onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Tsp black vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca starch or corn starch, mixed with 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced red chilies
  • 1 Tbsp minced leek
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • Minced cilantro (optional)

Note: There wasn't any tilapia in the store, so I just bought what was available which was a fish called barramundi or Asian seabass.


Rinse the fish and pat dry. Sprinkle both sides with a little salt and pepper. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a pan and sauté the fish until both sides are crispy. Remove.

Add 1Tbsp of oil to the pan and stir fry the garlic, green onions, and ginger until fragrant.

Add the soy sauce and sugar and bring to bubbling on low heat.

Add water and bring to a low boil. Add salt and white pepper to taste.

Add the black vinegar.

Thicken with the tapioca/corn starch mixture.

Mix in the sesame oil, and the sauce is ready.

Cover the cooked fish with the minced red chilies and leek.

Pour the sauce on top, and you're ready to eat.