Pan Fried Siakap (Asian Seabass)

~ Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:39 AM ~

For this post, I am sharing my next food recipe, another cherished dish that I used to love eating! I remember back when my mum was still alive, she used to fried fish for us very often, and I can still remember the yummylicious sauce that drizzled off the fried fish... mmmmm... I remember scooping spoonfuls of the soy sauce all over my plate of rice and enjoying the fish so much! No one I know that so far can replicate my mum's fried fish. Sad but true!

Anyway, hubby taught me how to fry fish to almost perfection, yes, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I have to get guidance from him for cooking, oh well, he's an awesome cook anyway. So, as a disclaimer, I take full responsibilities of the recipe here which I definitely can't give you exact measurements and proper steps to cook as well. I pretty much just go by the live and let live motto and cook away!!!! (and hopefully nobody in the family had food poisoning after having this dish hehehehe) Without further ado, here goes my post on Pan Fried Siakap (Asian Seabass):


** Garlic - 1-2 cloves chopped finely
* Ginger - few slices will do
* Siakap (Asian seabass) - gutted, cleaned, dried as much as you can, slit across
* Oil for frying - about 2 ~ 3 tbsp
* Vegetable broth - about
2 ~ 3 tbsp
* Soy sauce - about 5-6 tbsp
* Salt & pepper to marinate fish & cornflour to coat fish

* Make sure fish is as dry as possible (use paper towel to absorb)
* Marinate fish with salt and pepper before coating fish with corn flour (to prevent fish from sticking to the pan)
* Heat oil in frying pan, fry the ginger slices for a minute or two.
* Fry the garlic next until you smell nice garlic-ky smell from the frying pan. Be careful not to overfry them as it will give bitter taste then.
* Fry the fish for about 4-5 minutes before frying the other side for about 3-4 minutes.
* If fish flakes upon poking with chopstick or fork, then fish is done. Take out fish and set aside in a plate.
* Pour in the vegetable broth and soy sauce mixture.
* Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes.
* Pour the sauce over the fish. 


I get "This is very delicious!" comment from hubby for this dish! Woweeeee!! To be honest, I've had some failed attempts in frying some fishes the few times prior to this and was starting to lose faith in cooking fish... even commented to hubby that I do not want to cook fish anymore... and got a long lecture from him for giving up easily... so yeah, with new type of fish and more patience and added faith in ownself in cooking, I'm happy to hear the compliments from hubby for this dish! The awesome thing is the sauce I made for this dish really taste like the one my late mum used to make. What a nice memory!

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