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Hot and Sweet Snappers

I know I said it a number of times that we loved fish and how we had lots of them in our diet. We love the glorious jewel red snappers. The meat is tender and perfect for many recipes we love.

We don’t usually get the nice fillet around here, but I am brave enough to carve them myself. It’s pretty tough & messy work to try filleting the fish. I love the lazy idea we usually do in Thailand which is deep fried the whole fish to crisp the skin and bones and leave the meat just cooked and juicy.

We recently made hot and sweet red snappers. We got fresh 3 beautiful red snappers from the market on the weekend. I really didn’t want to do anything much on it. It’s so firm and perfect. I just scaled them and removed all the inside. I made a few cut from both the side of the fish to the bones to ensure the fish cook thoroughly and the bones fried to crispy.

One of the tips I got from being around food blogs was to dust the fish with some flour before frying to create a beautiful texture. The flour also prevents the oil to furious splash and allows the fish to perfectly crunch from the outside which would be brilliantly contras with our hot and sweet smooth sauce.

It will be ideal to deep fry the whole fish at once in the large medium-hot pan. But what I did that day was shallow fried them in the pan.

I checked the fish occasionally and turned them once one side was brown and cooked. Place the fish on the serving plate waited for the hot and sweet sauce to shower down.

My sister was in charge of preparing my stir fried ingredients. It’s good to chop up everything and keep in one plate so it would be easy to handle the quick stir fry recipe.

To make the hot and sweet sauce couldn’t be easier. I sautéed some garlic, ginger, chili and onion in the hot oil for few minutes. It already began to smell incredible.

I poured down some sweet chili sauce with a dollop of oyster sauce and some light soy sauce.

About half a cup of water needed to be added to create a beautiful thick sauce.

Fresh celery leaves really gave the sauce a fresh and earthy tone.

I had so much joy pour the lavish sauce over the sizzling hot fish. The dish was delicious and balance. The heat of fresh chili was ceased by the sticky sweet sauce effectively. The fish were fresh, tender and crispy from the outside. We dug in with chopsticks and hot rice before my husband even got home for lunch.

Hot and Sweet Red Snappers

Ingredients: (3-4 servings)

500 gm red snappers- scaled & removed the inside (using snappers fillets would be perfect)

1/4 cup flour for dusting

1 onion- sliced

2-4 green chili- sliced

1 tbsp- minced garlic

3 inches ginger- sliced

A handful celery leaves- chopped

1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce- recipe below

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1/2 cup chicken stock or water

Oil for deep fry 

How to cook: 

Heat oil in the large pan over the medium heat.

Coat the fish with flour and transfer into the hot oil.

Deep fry for few minutes each side or until golden brown, and keep aside.

Heat another pan and add about 1 tbsp of oil.

Add onion, garlic, ginger, chili, and stir for few minutes.

Add sweet chili sauce, oyster sauce and light soy sauce. Stir for few second then add stock or water.

Bring to boil and simmer for 1 minute.

Pour this hot and sweet sauce over the crispy fried fish.

Serve hot with rice or stir fried vegetable.

Note: Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

12-15 red chili- pound into rough paste

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup vinegar

2 tsp salt

1/4 cup water


Add everything into the pot and bring to boil.

Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from the heat.

Cool down before use or store in the jar in refrigerator upto 1 month.

Happy cooking,


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