Bountiful Fried Fish with Zesty Sweet Sauce 甜橘酥炸鱼

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Be belly-happy with this auspicious Chinese dish for your reunion meal! This Bountiful Fried Fish with Zesty Sauce Recipe signifies a prosperous new year with abundance – 年年有余.

“My new creation to celebration this festive season!” – Poh Lay Tin

Find it too challenging to fillet the fish? You can get the fishmonger to help you with it at the supermarket. Remember to keep the head and tail!

Home cook shared that this idea was inspired by Sweet and Sour Pork, a dish that everyone loves! Replacing the ketchup sauce with Ribena Cordial was something that we were sceptical about at first, but it came out surprising well. The sauce tastes superb with the fried fish.

Grab the full recipe below now!

Preparation Time: 45 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins

No. of Servings: 4


  • 1 Barramundi

Fish marinade

  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 1 ½ chinese cooking wine
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp egg white


  • 1 cup Ribena cordial
  • ¼ cup sweet orange, squeeze from the orange
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp corn starch with water (1:1 ratio)


Cooking Direction:

Step 1: Slice the fish

  • Fillet the fish. Keep the fish head and tail, set aside.
  • On a chopping board, place the fillet skin side down. Make cuts deep into the meat with a 6mm-space between every cut. Section the fillet with every four cuts. Turn the fish around 90 degrees and cut vertically right to the skin.
  • Gently mix the fish with the marinades. Set aside for 15 mins.
  • Coat the fish fillet, head and tail with corn flour thoroughly and set aside.


Step 2: Deep fry the fish

  • In a deep-frying pan, heat up oil to 150o. Hold the fish by the skin, and fry it one by one. Once it has turned light brown, set aside on a plate lined with kitchen towel. Deep fry the fish head and tail too.
  • Heat the oil to 200o. Deep fry the fish for the 2nd time. Once it is done, set aside on kitchen towel.
  • Arrange it on the serving plate.


Step 3: Prepare the sauce & ready to serve

  • In a small saucepan, add in orange juice, Ribena cordial and vinegar. Let it simmer for 3 mins. Add in corn flour mixture, stir still it thickens.
  • Drizzle the sauce on the fish and serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from Poh Lay Tin 

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