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Crispy Chili Onion Fish

by Angie Liew
Crispy Chili Onion Fish

If you like spicy seafood, you’ll absolutely love this crispy chili onion fish that is surprisingly simple to cook using just a few ingredients. You can use any kind of fish or even fish fillets that are suited for deep frying. Just fry the fish in hot oil until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Then dress with aromatic sweet and spicy onion chilli paste.


Crispy Chili Onion Fish


Crispy Chili Onion Fish

Crispy Chili Onion Fish

Crispy Chili Onion Fish

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
This is an extremely simple recipe using either whole fish or fish fillets crispy fried with an Asian inspired dressing. Just fry the fish in hot oil until soft inside and crispy outside. Then dress with aromatic sweet and spicy onion chilli paste.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

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Servings: 4 people


  • 300 gram fish, any type suitable to deep fry
  • 2 big onion, cut into thick rings
  • 3 calamansi lime
  • 2 tbsp cornflour, for coating fish
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Chili paste ingredients

  • 6 shallots, skinned
  • 5 garlic cloves, skinned
  • 5 red chilies, cut into pieces
  • 5 bird's eye chilies, cut into pieces


  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chicken stock granules


    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Prepare ingredients to make chili paste.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Blend the chili paste ingredients in a blender until it is smooth and fine. Dish out and set aside.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Clean, gut and drained well the fish, cut the onion into thick rings, have ready calamansi lime and also cornflour for coating the fish.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Prepare the seasoning for this dish.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Coat each of the fish with cornflour.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Deep fry the coated fish in hot oil on high heat until cooked through and golden in colour, about 5 minutes on each side.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Remove the fish from the oil and drained on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Then place on serving plate.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      In the same wok, heat up 2 tablespoon oil and add in the blended chili paste, stirring on medium heat until fragrant.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Add in the thick onion rings and continue to stir fry.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Then add in some hot water.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Next, add in the seasoning.
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Toss to make sure the onion rings and seasoning are well blended with the chili paste. And we're done!
    • Crispy Chili Onion Fish
      Spread the cooked onion chili paste onto the fried fish and squeeze calamansi lime juice over the fish before serving. Garnish with cuts of lime and ENJOY!


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You can vary the red chilies and bird's eye chilies added according to taste.
Keyword: Fish, spicy

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Eric June 11, 2015 - 12:13 pm

I always have issue with frying fish. Either the fish sticks on the wok or it got burnt. What’s the tips or secret for frying fish? Thanks.

Angie Liew June 11, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Hi Eric, I always make sure my oil is hot enough before I put in my fish. Then, lower the heat to medium and slowly fry the fish. Be sure to flip the fish to brown evenly. You can have a thin coating of flour on the skin too before you fry. Make sure the oil is enough to cover the fish too. Hope this helps.

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