A great way to incorporate more fish into your diet is to make it tasty and full of flavor. We wanted to mimic the traditional Chinese version by combining fish fillets with a thick wine sauce, and spicing it up with chili garlic sauce. The flavors all come from the wine sauce which is composed of 9 ingredients – many of which are in your cupboard. It’s definitely an appetizing dish to eat with rice and veggies – yes, a very homely and informal meal, which we loved.
Cut up a lb of basa fish into small pieces and season it with white pepper and salt. You can also substitute for other firm fish fillet like cod, halibut, or red snapper.
To make the wine sauce, add 1/4 cup white wine, 1/2 cup chicken stock, 4 tsp chili garlic sauce, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, and 2 tsp cornstarch (the thickening agent).
Using a wok (or pan), add vegetable oil and cook the fish pieces about 1-2 minutes on each side until done. Then, set aside on a plate.
In the same wok, add the wine sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Then add chopped green onion and cook until sauce has thickened. Finally, return the fish pieces back and coat evenly, making sure not to break the fish.
And that's all there is to it! Quick, easy, and healthy! No wonder those Chinese restaurants prepare the food so fast... well, I guess it helps if you had a kickin' wok. Time to grab the chopsticks and dig in!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Basa Fish with Wine Sauce