Fish with ginger and soy sauce

Fish with ginger and soy sauce

My mother in law has been making Chinese soy sauce fish for us using different fish and I just love it every single time. I couldn’t believe it was so simple to make. See easy print recipe below the pictures.

Ingredients for fish with ginger and soy sauce

Sear the fish until skin is crunchy and light brown. Set aside.

Fish with ginger and soy sauce

Push fish back in frying pan with seasoning ingredients. Cover briefly and turn until both sides are fully cooked.


Chinese soy sauce fish. Enjoy with white rice and vegetables!

Chinese soy sauce fish. Enjoy with white rice and vegetables!

Tip: do not use defrosted fish for this dish, as it may not hold together while being fried/simmered.


Chinese Soy Sauce Fish

Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 fresh gutted, scaled and dried whole fish, cut in half. We have used trout and red snapper very successfully. Any big fish will do, i.e. halibut or sea bass. A 1 lb. fish serves two. If you get two fish that fit in the pan, fry them whole.
  • 2 table spoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic about 3 cloves
  • 3 green onions stalks - chopped
  • 1/4 cup of rice cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Optional ingredients: 2 or 3 small hot peppers anise seed and cilantro


  1. On a big frying pan or wok, fry fish on both sides at high temperature until golden brown. Take out and set aside.
  2. Place the chopped green onion, fresh ginger and minced garlic in the pan with oil, water and sugar. Stir.
  3. Add soy sauce and cooking wine. Stir, and allow the sauce to heat on medium to high fire.
  4. Place fish back in the pan and simmer until excess water evaporates and the fish is thoroughly cooked inside (about 10 minutes).
  5. Taste the fish and add salt if needed in 1/4 teaspoon increments.
  6. Add the sesame oil and serve the fish on a deep serving plate, pouring the remaining sauce on top and on the sides.
  7. Great with plain rice and vegetables.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you are using hot pepper and anise seed, add them along with the rice cooking wine and the soy sauce before placing the fish back in the pan. The cilantro can be added just before serving as a garnish.

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