Monday, August 25, 2014

Braised Fish in Bean Sauce/紅燒豆辦魚

This fish dish is one of the classic fish dish in Szechuan Cuisine.  You can order this dish at a lot of Chinese (Szechuan) restaurants.  Unlike my other fish dish - Steamed Tilapia with Ginger and Green Onion, this dish requires two cooking techniques.  Frying and braising.  You will be rewarded for your hard working at end and your family or your guests will be amazed, I guarantee.  It's so flavourful and so good!

I used tilapia for this dish.  However you can use any type of white fish, fresh water fish is best for this dish.  The fresher the fish is the better it tastes.


  • One Whole Fish
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Sauce (Or Salsa)
  • 1 Cup ground beef
  • 4 tbsp Bean Paste
  • 2 tbsp Ground Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Green Onion
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • Soy Sauce by Taste
  • 1 tbsp White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch Powder
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Wine

  1. Clean the fish nicely, make sure there is no blood inside out.  
  2. Use a paper towel, pat dry the fish.  Cut three lines on each side of the fish'd body.  Sprinkle the white pepper powder on both sides of the fish and inside of the fish.  Rub 1 tbsp of bean paste on both sides of the fish and inside of the fish.
  3. Take a small bowl, add 2 tbsp of garlic bean paste and 1 tbsp of spicy bean paste.  Mix well (If you don't like spicy, just use 3 tbsp of garlic bean paste instead).
  4. Take another bowl, mix 1 tbsp of corm starch and 2 tbsp water.
  5. Take a large frying pan, heat up 2 tbsp of sesame oil in medium high.  Fry the fish for about 5 - 6 minutes on each side.
  6. Now take a large wok or sauce pan, heat up 2 tbsp cooking oil in medium high.  When the oil is heat up, add the bean paste.  Stir the bean paste, and then add the ground beef.  Stir and mix the beef with the bean paste.  About 2 minutes, add the chopped red bell pepper, ground garlic and ground ginger.  Stir and mix well.  About 2 minute, add one liter water.  Mix well and bring to a boil.  When the water in boiled, add the fish in the wok.  Then add 1 tbsp cooking wine, mix and make sure the fish is covered with the sauce nicely.  Cover, and then simmer for about 6 minutes.  You can add a little bit soy sauce by taste, and then all the finely chopped green onion, 1 tbsp of vinegar and 2 tbsp of tomato sauce.  Mix well and then add the corn starch water.  Boil everything for a minute, and then transfer to a serving plate.  Enjoy!

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