fried fish leek sauce

Plain fried fish is a common fare in Chinese homes in Malaysia. With a simple seasoning of salt, fish like mackarel, kurau and promfret is fried and eaten as it is for its natural sweet taste. Problem is, sometimes you can’t finish the fish in one meal and you need to re-fry it for the next meal. Re-frying makes the fish meat tough and less appealing. One of the ways to overcome this would be to cook some form of sauce to “soften” the fried fish. Of course, you can always use fresh fish fried for the first time and cook it this way so that the fish is not overly dry.


Any block of fish would do. Over here, we used a portion of snapper. As for the leek, it imparts a sweetness to the dish and is good chewing as it is quite tender by the time the whole dish is cooked. Give it a try.


This is the recipe for Fried Fish with Stir-Fried Leek Sauce




  • Fish (any type you fancy, preferably less bones)
  • 1 stalk of leek (sliced thinly)
  • 1 red chilli (sliced thinly)
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • some water
  • Cooking oil



  • Sprinkle of salt (to marinade fish)
  • Light soya sauce to taste
  • Sugar to taste




Marinade fish for 30 minutes with salt. Give it a quick rinse thereafter and deep / shallow fry in wok till cooked. Remove and place on plate.


Clean wok and heat up 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil. Saute ginger, leeks and chilli till ginger starts to brown. Add some water (about 4 tablespoons or more) and bring to boil. Add light soya sauce and sugar to taste and cook leeks till desired softness. Add water if sauce is too dry to your liking.


Pour sauce over fried fish and serve hot with steaming white rice.


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  1. 1
    May 22nd, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Hey hey! I’ve got a fish and leek recipe too! I added minced pork and tau cheo to mine. What fish did u use for this picture? It looks like the tail of a huge fish!

  2. 2
    Rasa Malaysia
    May 23rd, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Leeks are great…I love them with my stir-fried bean curd with leeks. đŸ™‚

  3. 3
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Any block of fish? Frozen fish can or not ? :p

  4. 4
    May 24th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Hi there, I tried this last night. It is so easy to make. And tastes great too. Thanks for the tip.

  5. 5
    May 25th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    simcooks : This is the tail portion of a snapper. Do you get them in California?

    Rasa Malaysia : Oh yes, leeks give a nice twist to the whole dish in terms of the taste. Must be due to the onion-type of smell.

    tigerfish : So far, I haven’t tried it with frozen fish but you can always try and let me know.

    Jo : I’m so glad that you actually tried it out and found it tasty đŸ™‚

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