Chinese chilli fish recipe with gravy

By  Moumita Paul

About chilli fish

Chilli fish is an Indian Chinese restaurant style fish curry recipe, fried boneless fish cubes are tossed in spicy sauce with assorted veggies, easy to make at home with simple steps.

For frying fish  Boneless fish fillet(I used basa), ginger-garlic paste, eggs, all purpose flour, corn flour, vinegar, salt,  pepper, oil for deep frying.

Ingredients of chilli fish


For making gravy Onion, capsicum/green bell pepper, ginger, garlic, spring onion, soya sauce, red chilli sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar, corn flour, green chillies, salt & pepper.

Take boneless fish fillets, wash & drain well, cut into cubes, soak it in lukewarm water with vinegar, again drain it well, helps to remove the smell of fish.


Making chilli fish

Marinade the fish cubes with ginger-garlic paste, salt, pepper & well beaten eggs for 30 mins. Then coat it well with all purpose flour & corn flour.

Marinade the fish

Heat a pan/wok with generous amount of oil, deep fry the batter coated fish cubes in it until golden & crisp. Remove it in paper lined plate.

Frying the fish

Making gravy

Heat the same pan with little oil, fry chopped ginger-garlic for a few secs, then chopped spring onion bulbs(white portion of spring onion).

Frying veggies

Fry cubed onion petals with cube cut capsicum or green bell pepper for a min.

Toss in sauce

Toss the veggies in a mix of soya sauce, red chilli sauce, tomato sauce & vinegar. Add chopped green chillies or red chilli powder/chilli flakes. Mix well. 

Gravy with corn flour

Add salt & pepper, saute or fry until raw smell goes off, add corn flour mixed water. Give it a good stir. Let the gravy boil.

Chilli fish is ready

Once gravy gets little thick, add the fried fish cubes, mix well. After 2 mins cooking turn off the heat & sprinkle spring onion. Our Chinese restaurant-style chilli fish is ready.

Serve chilli fish with

Best to serve chilli fish with Chinese fried rice or noodles. However dry chilli fish is a popular starter of our Indo Chinese cuisine. 

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