This is gonna be a huge hit at your next party!

Super easy to make, you won’t believe it takes less than 20 mins to make this tasty asian-inspired fish balls.

Covered with a quick homemade Sweet & Sour sauce, these fish balls can be prepared using your favorite fish. I usually go for cod, haddock or seabass, cheap sustainable fish that can be easily found fresh at the market any time of the year.

Add a splash of Sriracha if you like some heat, and make sure to call all your friends and share with them these amazing fish balls with sweet & sour sauce!


Easy and quick to make asian fish balls covered in a sweet & sour sauce - Ready in less than 20 min and perfect to please a large crowd! Recipe by The Petite Cook
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Sweet & Sour Asian Fish Balls

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Finger Food, party food
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Author: The Petite Chef


  • fish fillet cod, seabass, salmon etc, steamed and flaked 9oz (240gr)
  • breadcrumbs 1 tbsp
  • fresh chopped parsley 2 tbsp
  • ciabatta bread off the crust cubed 2 cups
  • milk - for soaking
  • egg beaten 1
  • garlic finely minced 1/2 clove, heart removed
  • all purpose flour - as needed
  • orange zest & grated ginger optional 1/3 tsp
  • spring onion chopped - to serve
  • toasted sesame seeds - to decorate
  • vegetable oil - for stir-frying

For the sweet & sour sauce:

  • granulated sugar 1 cup
  • juice of 1 orange
  • fresh grated ginger 1 tsp
  • pineapple juice 1/2 cup
  • minced garlic 1 tsp
  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • white vinegar 1/4 cup
  • a splash of sriracha
  • warm water 1/4 cup
  • cornstarch 1/4 cup


  • For the sweet & sour sauce:
  • Put all ingredients (besides water&cornstarch) into a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  • In a small cup, dissolve corn starch into water. Stir into the sauce and simmer for 5 mins, until thickened enough. If you want it runny, add a little more of pineapple juice. Set aside when ready.
  • Soak the bread cubes into the milk for 5 mins. Squeeze the bread out of milk and transfer into a large bowl.
  • Add garlic, parsley, flaked fish, egg , breadcrumbs and a pinch of flour. If you like add some orange zest and grated ginger. Mix until combined and season.
  • Shape the fish mixture into small balls. Arrange a plate with some flour and evenly coat each fish balls.
  • Heat some oil in a frying pan and when hot, throw the fish balls in and cook them until they get a golden color. You can also arrange the fishballs on a tray, brush with oil and bake for 15 min or until cooked through at 170C/350F.
  • Drain on kitchen paper and transfer into a bowl. Pour some sweet&sour sauce and mix until evenly coated.
  • Sprinkle with spring onion and sesame seeds, then serve.
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