Sweet and sour is a combination that originally came from Asia. Asian food, mostly of Chinese origin, adopted this blend. Based on articles, the Chinese (particularly the Cantonese) were the one’s who originally came up with the thought of mixing these two different flavors. This Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe is a good example of this.
Sweet and sour fish can be prepared using either fish fillet or whole fish. Grouper (also known as lapu-lapu in the Philippines) is the type of fish commonly used to make this dish. I am using tilapia for this recipe because it is also reasonably priced and it can be easily sourced almost anywhere in the world.
How to Cook Sweet and Sour Tilapia
Making this dish at home is quick and easy. I also liked how tasty and delicious the outcome was.
Start by preparing the dish. Make sure that it is properly cleaned. Make incisions on the side of the fish. Apply Knorr Liquid Seasoning on the incisions and in the cavity. Rub until the entire fish is seasoned completely. This single liquid seasoning works wonders. It provides all the flavors that we need. Give it at least 10 minutes so that the fish absorbs the flavors.
Start the frying process. There is nothing fancy in this step. Simply fry both sides of the fish until it turns golden brown. For beginners, make sure that you have a splatter screen on hand to protect yourself from oil splatters.
Note that it is best to use medium heat. Let time do the work. You know that it is almost done when the crackling sound of the oil subsides.
Remove the fried fish from the pan. Put it on a clean plate. Time to make the sweet and sour sauce.
Making your first sweet and sour sauce can be intimidating considering all of the ingredients that you can see. You’ll be surprised on how simple it is to make one.
Make the sauce by sautéing onion, garlic, and ginger. Add white vinegar and water. Let the liquid boil before adding the tomato ketchup. Stir until well blended. Add sugar and continue stirring until it dissolves into the mixture. Put the carrot and bell peppers. Continue cooking for 3 minutes before adding the slurry (mixture of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water). The slurry helps thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
You can serve this by arranging the fried fish on a plate and top with sauce. You can also combine the fried fish with the sauce and cook for a couple of minutes before serving.
Aside from tilapia, you can use other fish varieties to cook this dish. Here is my recipe for a sweet and sour version using red snapper.
Try this Sweet and Sour Tilapia recipe and let me know what you think.
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