Sweet & Sour Asian Fish Balls
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Recipe type: Appetizer, finger food, party food
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 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 ½ clove, heart removed
  • all purpose flour - as needed
  • orange zest & grated ginger (optional) ⅓ 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 ½ cup
  • minced garlic 1 tsp
  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • white vinegar ¼ cup
  • a splash of sriracha
  • warm water ¼ cup
  • cornstarch ¼ cup
  1. For the sweet & sour sauce:
  2. Put all ingredients (besides water&cornstarch) into a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  3. 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.
  4. Soak the bread cubes into the milk for 5 mins. Squeeze the bread out of milk and transfer into a large bowl.
  5. 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.
  6. Shape the fish mixture into small balls. Arrange a plate with some flour and evenly coat each fish balls.
  7. 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.
  8. Drain on kitchen paper and transfer into a bowl. Pour some sweet&sour sauce and mix until evenly coated.
  9. Sprinkle with spring onion and sesame seeds, then serve.
Recipe by The Petite Cook at https://www.thepetitecook.com/asian-fish-balls-with-quick-sweet-sour-sauce/