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Belt fish is marinated and pan-fried until golden brown. Then, it’s braised in a savory brown sauce. Let’s get started with this super tasty Red Braised Belt Fish recipe!

Red Braised Belt Fish Recipe

Serving: 2 to 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

For the belt fish:
2 pounds belt fish, or other types of fish
6 slices ginger
2 tablespoons scallions
2 tablespoons white rice wine
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the sauce:
1 cup chicken stock, or water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/2 tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar, or other types of vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar

For the red braised:
4 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons scallions, minced
1 large red chili pepper, or mini sweet peppers

Red Braised Belt Fish Instructions

To prepare:
  • Slice each piece of belt fish crosswise about 1/4 inch apart, without cutting all the way through. Do the same on both sides.
  • In a bowl, transfer the belt fish inside. Add the ginger, scallions, white rice wine, salt, and white pepper. Mix well. Marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Then discard the liquid, ginger, and scallions. Add the cornstarch, and mix well. (The cornstarch helps to keep the moisture inside the fish. The oil also wouldn’t splatter as much.)
  • In a bowl, mix together the chicken stock (or water), soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, and sugar.
To cook the belt fish:
  • In a pan over medium-high heat, pour in the oil and add the belt fish. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes in total.
  • Remove most of the oil in the pan. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook until aromatic for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour the sauce inside. Turn to medium-low heat, cover the lid, and simmer for about 4 minutes.
  • Uncover the lid, turn to high heat to reduce the sauce for 3 minutes. Lastly, garnish with scallions and red chili peppers. Serve and enjoy!
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