Sweet and Sour Fish Fillets

The fish in this tangy dish is steamed to keep it fresh and healthy.

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the Fish

4 tbsp pineapple or orange juice
450g cod fillets, cut into 5cm chunks
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper

For the Sauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon peeled and grated ginger
1 red pepper, cut into 1cm chunks
1 onion, cut into 1cm chunks
1 (230g) can pineapple chunks in juice
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 heaped tbsp cornflour
1 spring onion, sliced, for garnish
Serving suggestion: steamed rice
Special equipment: bamboo steamer basket

Bring a wok or large pot filled halfway with water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Divide the fish between two plates that will fit into the basket layers of a bamboo steamer. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground white pepper. Drizzle one to two tablespoons of the pineapple juice over each plate of fish. Place the plates into the steamer, cover and set on top of the simmering water. Steam the fish until the flesh turns white and pulls apart easily, seven to eight minutes. Remove the steamer basket from the wok and set aside, keeping the fish covered.

For the sauce: Place a wok over high heat and when the wok is hot, add the oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, less than one minute. Add the red peppers and onions and toss to cook until tender, another minute. Add the pineapple chunks and their juice. Add the vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar. Cook until the sauce thickens a bit, one to two more minutes.

Remove the fish to a platter. Season the sauce if needed and pour over the fish. Garnish with the sliced spring onion.

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