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Fish with Sweet-Sour Sauce

Fish with Sweet-Sour Sauce
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Yield: Serves 4.

Millie's cooking is famous among her neighbors, and what they most often request is Chinese food. The sweet-sour sauce in this dish would also go well with chicken or pork, prepared the same way as the fish -- dipped in batter and deep-fried.

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  • 1 pound sole, flounder, or haddock fillets
  • 1 tablespoon each, cooking sherry and vinegar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart cooking oil
  • Sweet-Sour Sauce (recipe follows)


Cut fish into 1-1/2-inch pieces. Marinate in sherry and vinegar for 2 hours. Make a batter of the flour, egg, water, and salt. Drain fish and dip pieces into the batter. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Serve with Sweet-Sour Sauce.

Sweet-Sour Sauce


  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 3 thin slices fresh ginger root (if available)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Small amount of cold water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar


Sauté chopped onions and green pepper in the oil. Add ginger root, soy sauce, brown sugar, and 1 cup water. Boil for 1 or 2 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in a small amount of cold water, and use it to thicken the sauce. Add the vinegar, then pour sauce over hot deep-fried fish and serve.
Makes about 1-1/4 cups.
Updated Thursday, December 13th, 2007

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