Whole braised fish

The Chinese word for fish (yú) sounds like abundance. Eating whole fish on Chinese New Year is supposed to bring a surplus for the upcoming year. With this wonderful recipe it is very easy to add rich flavors and wonderfully tender fish to your dinner table.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 45 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 494 / Protein 47g / Carbohydr. 24g / Fat 20g

Ingredients (2 servings)

15 gginger
20 ggarlic
2spring onions
2sea bass (medium-sized, ready to cook)
0.5 tspsalt
2 tbspvegetable oil
3star anise
30 grock sugar (light)
50 mlred wine
2 tbspdark rice vinegar
2 tbspsoy sauce (light)
2 tbspsoy sauce (dark)
300 mlwater


bowl (medium-sized), large frying pan, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife, small bowl

Wine Tip

Pinot Gris late harvest wine, dry, 2011
Late harvest wines are characterized by a golden yellow color and a subtle flavor of flower and nut. With its very pleasant and unobtrusive aroma, a refreshing Pinot Gris goes well with fish.

Step 1

Whole braised fish

Cut ginger into thin slices. Halve garlic and cut spring onions into strips.

cutting board, knife

15 g ginger / 20 g garlic / 2 spring onions

Step 2

Whole braised fish

Place fish onto cutting board. Working with one fish at a time, use a sharp knife to make two cuts on each side of the fish.

cutting board, knife

2 sea bass

Step 3

Whole braised fish

Season fish with salt on each side.

0.5 tsp salt

Step 4

Whole braised fish

Add egg to a bowl and beat until creamy.


1 egg

Step 5

Whole braised fish

Coat fish in egg.

Step 6

Whole braised fish

Preheat vegetable oil in a pan on medium-low heat. Place fish into pan and fry for approx. 1 min. on each side.

large frying pan

Step 7

Whole braised fish

Add sliced ginger, spring onion, garlic, star anise, and rock sugar to the pan and continue to fry for approx. 1 – 2 min.

3 star anise / 30 g rock sugar / 15 g ginger / 20 g garlic / 2 spring onion

Step 8

Whole braised fish

Deglaze with dark rice vinegar. Then add red wine, light soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. Cover and allow to cook for approx. 2 – 3 min.

2 tbsp dark rice vinegar / 50 ml red wine / 2 tbsp soy sauce (light) / 2 tbsp soy sauce (dark)

Step 9

Whole braised fish

Add water to the pan. Using a spoon, cover the fish with sauce. Cover pan with a lid and allow to simmer on medium-low heat for approx. 20 – 23 min.

300 ml water

Step 10

Whole braised fish

Shortly before serving, add remaining egg to the pan. Allow to cook for approx. 2 – 3 min. until set. Transfer fish and egg to a serving platter, cover with spring onions, and drizzle with more sauce.