Tuesday 7 June 2011


An idyllic life for me and my family would probably be living near the sea. We just love fish and all types of seafood. It is not easy to access fresh fish in London but we are lucky enough to have a few good sources in our area. We eat fish as much as we can, usually at lunch time and always with rice. That, for us, is the perfect combination.  

I found some big halibut steaks at the market. I prefer to fry firm fleshed fish like this. I served it with a sauce that is sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. These are all the requisitions to change the flavour of fish from good to great. This is far from the classic Chinese sweet and sour fish. Aside from the spicy kick from the chilli, the sauce gets its spike of taste from coriander leaves and toasted garlic. I have used halibut steaks but any white fish steaks, cutlets or fillets can be used for this recipe.

This is a dish for sharing. A few dishes are usually served at meal times and everyone helps themselves to the food. This can serve four people or six if served with other dishes.


2 halibut steaks or any white fish cutlets, fillets or whole fish can be substituted
1 1/2 tsps. sea salt
corn flour for dredging
cooking oil for frying
1 1/2 tbsps. cooking oil
4 cloves of garlic, chopped or minced
1/2 finger chilli, sliced diagonally
2 bunches of spring onions, cut diagonally, about 1/3 c.
1/4 c. brown sugar
juice and rind of 1 lime
1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
3/4 c. water
1 tsp. corn flour dispersed in 1 tbsp. water


Season the fish with 1 1/2 tsps. of sea salt. Coat with corn flour and pan fry until crisped and golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside. 

Heat up a wok or sauce pan and fry the garlic in 1 1/2 tbsps of oil. Fry on low heat until light brown and crisp. This must be done slowly and on low heat so the garlic doesn't burn and get bitter. Skim off the bits of garlic and set aside. 

To the same pan, add the chilli, spring onions and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the lime rind, juice and water. Bring to a boil. Thicken with the corn flour slurry. 

Add the chopped coriander and the fish and simmer just for 1 minute to coat the fish with the sauce. 

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the fried garlic.

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  1. This looks like a really interesting way to cook white fish. I love the lime and coriander combination.

  2. Oh no, it's just about dinner time here and I swallow my own saliva looking at your fish. Is it really hard to get fish in London? I didn't know that. Oh boy this looks soo good and all the sudden I got super hungry. Time for dinner! By the way Adora, I love your pictures. :-)

  3. Eating fish every day would be my idea of heavan! Unfortunately it's so hard to find good quality fish that's affordable, especially here in Phoenix.

  4. Pease pass the rice Adora. I just had dinner but I will have a plateful of these fish steak...it's calling my name haha!

  5. I need to eat more fish. The seasonings on this fish sound wonderful. Great recipe.

  6. The sauce is making my mouth water! A delicious fish creation.

  7. what a great way to cook halibut steaks! The lime and coriander sauce sounds so tasty =)

  8. I'd like to be one of the lucky who get to share this at the table; it's been ages since I've enjoyed fish prepared this way. I want to reach into the screen and take a piece!

  9. My family loves seafood too, Adora! It's just sad that we don't have access to fresh seafood here. We have no choice but frozen ones which is good enough compared to nothing at all!
    Your fish steaks look so perfect with hot steamed rice for either lunch or dinner!

  10. Hi Adora! Tks for sharing this recipe! :D
    Me and my parents love all kinda fish and we can eat almost everyday but not my husband and girls.
    I cooked quite similar recipe for this w/o the lime. I shall add it the next time! ^.^

  11. This fish steaks looks very meaty and delicious. I would drench my rice with that yummy looking sauce before eating it. Thanks for sharing Adora.

  12. I love halibut but it has gotten so expensive these days. Your sweet lime and coriander sauce makes the dish so appetizing.

  13. This is quite similar to our sweet and sour sauce, except that we might use shallots in ours. I am obsessed with deep-fried fish, and have a hobby of collecting spicy sauces to go with it.

    Beautiful pictures, by the way. Thank you for sharing


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