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Pan Fried Fish with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Another easy pan fried fish recipe with super simple sauce. The sauce is inspired by Chinese sweet and sour dish, but using Thai sweet chili sauce instead. It is really fast to make this, and I am sure that most people have the ingredients in their pantry :)

Pan Fried Fish with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Pan Fried Fish with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Pan Fried Fish with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • Pan fried fish
  • 650-700 gram any firm white fish fillet (e.g. tilapia, cod)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • flour
  • Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch + 2 tablespoon water
  • Garnish
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  • Pan fried fish
    1. Sprinkle fish fillet with salt and pepper, then coat with flour.
    2. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan on medium high and pan fry fish fillets until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Set aside in a serving plate.
  • Thai sweet chili sauce
    1. Heat about 2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan (use the same unwashed pan to fry fish) on medium high heat and sauté garlic and onion until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
    2. Add tomato. Mix well, and cook for another minute.
    3. Add Thai sweet chili sauce, water, chili sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, salt, and sugar. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Adjust taste as needed.
    4. Thicken sauce with corn starch solution. Turn off heat once the sauce has thickened.
    5. Add chopped cilantro and scallions into the sauce. Mix well. Pour the sauce over the fried fish. Serve immediately.


  • phyllis saito says:

    Very tasty sauce! I was looking for something nice and tangy with a little kick. I fried some snapper amd it was great and hit the spot perfectly! Thanks!

    • Anita says:

      I love snapper too, especially red snapper. I'm glad you love this recipe Phyllis.

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