Sweet & Sour Fish - whole

J. White Harris


This sweet and sour dish is very tasty and by flattening the stomach of the fish a little it allows the fish to be put in an upright, swimming position on the serving platter. The sauce and vegetable mixture is then poured over the fish for an outstanding presentation of the fish.


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4 to 6 servings
20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1
    whole fish, 1-1/2 pounds
  • 2 Tbsp
    sherry or wine
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • ·
    oil for deep frying

  • 1/3 c
    bamboo shoots, shredded
  • 3 small
    dry mushrooms, soak & shred
  • 1/3 c
    carrot, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp
    green peas
  • 3 slice
    ginger, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, sliced thin
  • 1/3 c
    green pepper, cut into strips
  • 4 Tbsp

  • 5 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    cold water

How to Make Sweet & Sour Fish - whole


  1. Clean and scale fish. Make 3 diagonal cuts on each side of fish.
  2. Mix together the wine cornstarch flour and soy sauce. Rub fish inside and out with this mixture.
  3. Heat oil to 330°F and deep fry fish until crisp and golden brown (about 15 minutes), basting often with hot oil.
  4. Remove to absorbent paper and drain. Flatten stomach slightly to make fish stand and place in a slow oven to keep warm. Note: Fish may be deep-fried in advance. Re-fry before serving. Fish then becomes more crisp.
  5. Mix together the first 5 sauce ingredients and set aside.
  6. Heat 4 Tbsp of oil in frying pan: stir-fry all vegetable ingredients until tender.
    Note: Any of sauce vegetables may be omitted.
  7. Pour in sauce mixture and bring to a boil.
  8. Mix cornstarch with water and add to thicken, stirring constantly. Pour over fish and serve hot.
  9. Put fried fish in upright position on a serving platter and pour the vegetable sauce mixture over the fish.

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About Sweet & Sour Fish - whole

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Chinese
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free

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