Savory Hunan Style Fish - A Gluten & Dairy Free Main Course











Dive into the bold flavors of Hunan cuisine with this mouthwatering Hunan Style Fish. It's a perfect blend of gluten-free and dairy-free simplicity, crafted with tender fish marinated and fried to perfection then drizzled in a spicy, sweet sauce.


Step 1: Marinate the Fish

Begin this delightful culinary journey by creating a marinade that's a harmonious blend of soy sauce, sherry (or vinegar for a fruity twist), minced ginger, garlic, and finely chopped green onions. Whisk them together in a bowl until well combined. This mixture not only infuses the fish with deeply aromatic flavors but tenderizes it, making each bite a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Pro Tip: Marinate in the refrigerator for an even distribution of flavors.

Step 2: Prepare Fish for Frying

After marinating the fish for 30-40 minutes, prepare it for frying. This involves carefully removing the fish from the marinade (but don’t throw the marinade away — you'll need it for the sauce later!) and coating each piece first in beaten egg and then in floured breadcrumbs. This double coating ensures a crispy exterior while keeping the fish tender and juicy on the inside. Heat your shortening in a deep pan and fry the fish pieces until they achieve a golden perfection, setting them aside as you work on the sauce.
Pro Tip: Keep the oil temperature consistent for even frying.

Step 3: Craft the Hunan Sauce

For the sauce, return to the reserved marinade, adding to it a lively kick with crushed red pepper, a comforting depth with broth, and a subtle sweetness with brown sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil, allowing the flavors to meld together. To thicken the sauce to just the right consistency, stir in a slurry of cornstarch mixed with water, bringing it to another boil for that glossy, rich finish that will beautifully coat each piece of fish.
Pro Tip: Stir continuously to avoid any lumps in the sauce.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

The final step in this culinary adventure is to plate your beautifully fried fish, generously drizzling the spicy, sweet, and tangy Hunan sauce over the top. You can serve this dish over a bed of fluffy rice or alongside twirling noodles, creating a comforting and satisfying meal that's a feast for both the eyes and the palate. This Hunan Style Fish is an embodiment of love, care, and the rich tapestry of flavors that make Chinese cuisine so beloved.
Pro Tip: Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds for extra flavor.