Chinese Fish Salad with Star Anise Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6


  • 2 haddock fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 medium onions, finely sliced
  • 4 pieces Chinese star anise
  • 4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rock or granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing (rice) wine or medium sherry
  • 3 slices fresh root ginger, shredded
  • 6 tablespoons good-quality chicken or fish stock
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Green leaves, such as lamb's lettuce or young spinach, and radishes to garnish
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
How to cook Chinese Fish Salad with Star Anise:
  • Rub the fish with salt and pepper. (Do not remove the skin). Place the onions and star anise in a flat-bottomed pan, then add the soy sauce, sugar, wine, ginger and stock. Place the fish, skin side up, in the pan and marinate for 2 hours. Remove the fish and set aside.
  • Turn the heat on under the pan and bring to the boil. Add the fish and simmer for 15 minutes, turning the fish once, and basting until the liquid thickens.
  • Turn the heat off and leave to marinate for a further hour. Remove the fish from the marinade and leave to drain on a rack before you complete the last stage.
  • Deep fry the fish for 2-3 minutes, skin side down. Remove carefully and drain away excess oil. When the fish has cooled cut it into 1 inch slices and arragne in the centre of a bed of green leaves.
  • Garnish with sliced radishes and drizzle with sesame oil.

This recipe for Chinese Fish Salad with Star Anise serves/makes: 4 - 6

The Chinese Fish Salad with Star Anise recipe is adopted from Secrets From a Chinese Kitchen by Vivienne and Jenny Lo 2000 .

Main Ingredient: Haddock (more Haddock recipes)
Preparation Method: Steamed (more Steamed recipes)
Cuisine: Chinese (more Chinese recipes)

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