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Fried Whole Fish with Chili Pineapple Sauce

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
To cook this crispy fried whole fish with chili pineapple sauce, I used my homemade sweet chili sauce, added fish sauce for balance and then stirred in a little pineapple juice for a delicate fruity flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 3 people
Crispy Fried Whole Fish With Chili Pineapple Sauce on Noritake Serving Plate



  • Rinse the fish and wipe dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Score both sides of the fish.
  • Rub generously with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle starch over the entire fish.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
  • When the oil is just starting to smoke (or 350F to 375F if you're using a thermometer), slide the fish in.
  • Over high heat, cook until browned and crisp, about four minutes per side.
  • Scoop out and lay on a serving plate.
  • Pour off the oil from the wok or frying pan.
  • Pour the sweet chili sauce, fish sauce and pineapple juice into the pan. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add the pineapple chunks and bird's eye chili slices. Simmer for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the sauce, pineapple and chili over the fish.
  • Garnish with scallions before serving.


Updated from a recipe originally published in August 26, 2017
Keyword Pineapple, Spicy, Whole Fish