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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

Sweet and Sour Asian Fish Balls

Course: Appetizer, Finger Food, party food
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 9 oz fish fillet cod, seabass, salmon etc, steamed and flaked
  • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 cups ciabatta bread off the crust cubed
  • milk for soaking
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ clove garlic finely minced
  • all purpose flour
  • teaspoon orange zest & grated ginger optional
  • spring onion chopped - to serve
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • vegetable oil

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


  • 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.