Monday, August 08, 2011

Braised Pan Fried Snapper with Spicy Bean Paste

Ever since I experimented with Soy Bean Paste, I am in love with it. Chinese cooking is not the same without it anymore. Usually I would say that my must haves in the kitchens are oyster and soy sauce but I'm beginning to feel that this is one of the musts have in a chinese kitchen as well.

I would never recommend it to have it regularly of course- as the amount of salt in there would be quite scary to know. But the occasional use of it in dishes, I presume should be fine.

I nearly hesitated posting this dish as I didn't like the look of the fish head! However, this is my first attempt in braising a fish- usually I would steam a whole fish and pan fried fillets instead. Hubby encouraged me to post it anyway, since I was stepping out of my comfort zone in the kitchen.

The photos are not very well taken- I'm really sorry. I need to find a way to make a whole fish sexy! How do photographers do that???

Nevertheless, it was one way of introducing more fish in our diet. Always a good thing isn't it?

Braised Pan Fried Snapper with Spicy Bean Paste  
300 grams of baby snapper cleaned

1 onion sliced
1 knob of ginger sliced
2 chilli chopped
1 tsp of garlic
2 tablespoon of soy bean paste
1/2 cup of water

Lightly salt the snapper. Oil pan and pan fried till cooked with a nice crisp (but not deep fried). When the fish is nearly done. I push it aside, and start frying garlic, ginger and onions till soft. Added the chili, soy bean paste and water. Simmer. I spoon it on the fish and let the fish absorb the flavours for around 4 minutes. Serve warm with rice.



dwidlebug said...

I am a fish lover, I adore cooking fish with spicy bean paste. They go along together! Sound so good.

armand said...

I thought I was a red meat person... Until I tasted this. Still craving for more :)

DD said...

looks yumm!!!!
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noobcook said...

I thought it looks very sexy to me hehe... and yes, love teocheo... very good for Chinese cooking!

Joanne said...

So soy bean paste is the secret, eh...need to find some! And I think the fish looks super sexy!

My Asian Kitchen said...

I love any fish wt bean paste..great choice pairing with bean paste!!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Perfect timing. my husband came in last night at 10 with abut 30 pounds of fish from his off shore fishing trip! i have so much fish to cook I don't know what to do with it all. This pan-fried and braised snapper looks amazing and love the recipe

lena said...

i always have a jar of soybean paste in my fridge. Most of the time i cook it with fish or steam/braised that with pork ribs/chicken. quite versatile to me. Talking about photographing, me also having frustated taking fish..actually not only fish, cooked dishes, just doesnt right all the time.

tigerfish said...

It looks sexy delicious to me too!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

my grandma used to make this when I was young...loveee it with muchh rice :D

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks great, eating fish is always good. I tried to cook it twice a week.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

ya, i like to cook similar tauchu fish, YUM!

daphne said...

dwidlebug- thanks!

armand- haha, but u wouldn't say no to steak...

DD- thanks!

Joanne- haha ;) you got to try some!

noobcook-I can't believe I have only recently found that out.

Asian Kitchen- Yeah! I really need to learn how to cook with fish more.

Jessica- You will love this!

Lena- I'm glad I'm not the only one but you are doing a far better job than myself!

tigerfish- you are so sweet!

rita- oh yeah! rice is the best with this!

Ching- Yah! I am trying hard to have fish at least twice a week too.

Sonia- Yay!

Ayu said...

My mom used to cook this back home. I miss this so much. :D

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