Recipe & Video Chinese Sichuan Spicy Boiled Fish

4 Apr 2021
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9:57 PM

This Sichuan Spicy Boiled Fish is one of the most popular dishes from Sichuan, China. It makes up a very special weekend dinner. The fish is tender, fresh, and juicy. The spiciness matches the delicacy of the fish and tastes amazing! I hope you will enjoy :)


  • 500 g Pangasius Fish Fillets
  • 2 small Romaine Lettuce, sliced
  • 100 g Carrot, julienned
  • 6 long Dry Chili Peppers, cut in small pieces
  • 1 tsp Sichuan Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

Marinade Sauce​

  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch

Fish Sauce​

  • 2 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 4 large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 Spring Onions, chopped (white+light green parts, save dark green parts for the garnish)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Chinese 13 Spices Mix
  • 3 tbsp LAOGANMA (Chinese Spicy Sauce) with Peanuts and Dried Tofu
  • 1 tsp Chili Oil


  • Slice the fish into medium-size pieces and place in a bowl. Add Salt, Black Pepper, and Chinese Cooking Wine. Mix well. Then add the Egg White and Cornstarch. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Prepare the Romaine Lettuce, Carrot, Fish Sauce, and other ingredients in separate bowls.
  • Boil a pot of Water, add the Lettuce, Carrot, pinches of Salt, and Vegetable Oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, drain the water, and place in a serving bowl.
  • In a wok, on high heat, bring Water to boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low, add the Fish Fillets one by one into the water. Cook the Fish until it turns milky white and a bit curve. Drain the water and place the Fish on top of the cooked veggies in the serving bowl.
  • Spread the Fish Sauce evenly over the top.
  • Heat the wok to medium-high. Add 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil, then add in the Dry Peppers and Sichuan Peppercorns and fry for about 20 seconds. Add the Sesame Seeds.
  • Pour all the Oil with Peppers on top of the Fish in the serving bowl. You will see the Oil bubbling.
  • Before serving, garnish with dark green parts of the Onions. Ready to enjoy!

Get the printable recipe here: Chinese Sichuan Spicy Boiled Fish 四川水煮鱼 - COOK COOK GO
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