How to make Crispy Chilli Fish -

Crispy and chilli, what a combination – you can’t stop enjoying it.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Basa Fish Fillets, Dried Red Chillies (सूखी लाल मिर्च )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Crispy Chilli Fish

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Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Crispy Chilli Fish Recipe

  • Basa Fish Fillets 4

  • Dried Red Chillies soaked 8-10

  • Salt to taste

  • White pepper powder to taste

  • Paprika powder 2 teaspoons

  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons

  • Refined flour (maida) 1/2 cup

  • Cornflour 1/4 cup

  • Baking soda a pinch

  • Oil 1/2 tablespoon + for deep-frying

  • Garlic chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Spring onion greens chopped 4-5 stalks

  • Sesame seeds (til) for garnishing


Step 1

Cut fish fillets into medium cubes and put into a bowl. Add salt, pepper powder, paprika powder and one tablespoon lemon juice and rub well on the fish cubes. Set aside to marinate for ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 2

Mix refined flour, cornflour, salt, pepper powder and baking soda in another bowl. Add sufficient water gradually and mix well to make a thick and smooth batter.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Dip marinated fish cubes in the batter, slide into hot oil and deep-fry till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Grind red chillies with little water to a smooth paste.

Step 5

Heat half tablespoon oil in a non-stick wok, add garlic and ginger and sauté till fragrant.

Step 6

Add soy sauce and red chilli paste and mix well. Add little water and mix well.

Step 7

Add salt and pepper powder and mix well. Add fried fish and toss to mix. Add remaining lemon juice and mix lightly.

Step 8

Add half the spring onion greens and toss well.

Step 9

Serve hot garnished with sesame seeds and remaining spring onion greens.

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