Pan Fried Fish with Plum Sauce

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 red snapper fillet (Indonesian: kakap merah), about 150 gram each
  • salt
  • pepper
  • corn starch
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 onion (Indonesian: bawang bombay), thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions (Indonesian: daun bawang), sliced 1 inch diagonally
  • 3 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah besar), thinly sliced
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon plum sauce
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Pat dry the fish, scatter a pinch of salt and ground pepper on the fish. Dust with corn starch to coat the fish so it won’t stick when fried on the pan, set aside.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fish for 5 minutes each side. Only flip the fish once at the end of 5 minutes, otherwise, the fish will stick to the pan. Set the fish on a serving plate.
  4. In the same pan, stir fry onion, scallion, and chili until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until the sauce bubbles. Pour the sauce onto the fish. Serve immediately with steamed white rice.

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