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Imperial Sweet-and-Sour Fish

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INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4):
• One 1½ to 2-pound whole fish, such as rockfish or snapper, cleaned
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
• 2 eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• Cooking oil for deep-frying
• 1½ cups Sweet-and-Sour Sauce or a storebought version
• ½ cup chopped pineapple
• ½ teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 teaspoon of water
• 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
• 1 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
• 1 tablespoon chopped yellow bell pepper

 

SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE
( Makes about 1½ cups )
• 1 cup ketchup
• ½ cup sugar
• ⅓ cup rice vinegar
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1½ tablespoon soy sauce
• 1½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

FOR SAUCE
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. The sauce will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Bring the sauce to room temperature or warm it lightly in a microwave oven before serving.

 

METHOD
• Cut 4 diagonal slashes, about 3/4 inch deep, on both sides of the fish. Rub salt and white pepper into the slashes. Beat eggs in a wide bowl, and place flour in a separate wide bowl. Dip fish into the egg, drain briefly, then dredge in the flour, gently shaking off excess.


• In a wok, stir-fry pan, or large deep skillet, pour oil to a depth of 3 inches and heat to 170 degrees C on a deep-fry thermometer. Carefully lower fish into the hot oil. Use a ladle to carefully and continuously pour hot oil over top of the fish. Deep-fry until fish is cooked through for about 12 to 15 minutes. Using 2 wire strainers, carefully lift fish from hot oil and drain on paper towels.


• Transfer fish to a serving plate. Pour sauce over the fish, garnish with cilantro and red and yellow bell peppers and serve.


• Bring sweet-and-sour sauce to a boil in a saucepan. Add pineapple and cook until fruit is just heated through (about 1 minute). Add cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens ( about 30seconds). Transfer fish to a serving plate. Pour sauce over the fish, garnish with cilantro and red and yellow bell peppers and serve.

 

Source: Prime Magazine Feb Issue 2016. Reproduced with permission.