This winter, let’s get fishy!

Published: October 22, 2016

This recipe is a winner! It’s so simple, does not require any lengthy marinating and is super flavourful. PHOTO: ARHAMA SIDDIQA

I’ve always been fond of seafood. Whether you’re a diehard pescatarian or just a seafood lover, you’re probably in need of some fresh ideas – which is why I thought I’d share one of my favourite recipes; a quick fix that will hopefully inspire you to incorporate more seafood into your meals considering it’s a very important part of a healthy diet.

Speaking of seafood, did you know that October is national seafood month this time around in the United States? So why not celebrate something in the name of the One World One Ocean campaign*?

Plus this recipe is a winner! It’s so simple, does not require any lengthy marinating and is super flavourful.

With winter right around the corner, warm comfort food will be all the rage soon – so let’s get fishy with it.



Fish fillet – 400 grams

Salt – ½ tsp

Black pepper – ½ tsp

Flour – ½ cup

Cornflour – 3 tbsp

Egg – 1

Water – as required

Oil – for deep frying

For the sauce:

Oil – ¼ cup

Salt – ½ tsp

Ginger julienne – 1 tbsp

Garlic paste – 1tsp

Ketchup – ½ cup

Chilli sauce – 3 tbsp

Vinegar – 1 tbsp

Soy sauce – 1 tbsp

Sugar – 2 tsp


1. Marinate the fish fillets with salt and black pepper.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together cornflour, flour, the egg and water until you get a thick consistency.

3. Then dip the marinated fish fillets in the batter and deep fry until golden. Set aside.

4. In a frying pan, heat oil and add ginger and garlic. Cook until light golden.

5. Stir in the ketchup, chilli sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar.

6. Add the fried fish fillets and toss them in the sauce.

7. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, garnish with spring onions and serve.

*A multi-year, multi-platform campaign that is harnessing the power of film, television and new media to generate greater global awareness of the ocean’s importance to society.

All photos: Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

The author is a LUMS and University of Warwick Alumnus and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). She calls herself a bibliophile,a dreamer and an avid foodie. She also has a Instagram food blog: @chakhoous ( . She tweets @arhama_siddiqa (

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