Turmeric Fried Fish


makes 4-5 servings

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 lbs. fish fillets (tilapia, catfish, grouper or cod)
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch (cornstarch or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper flakes

( Cooking Measurements )


In a bowl, combine garlic, turmeric, pepper, sugar, salt and 1 tbsp. oil.

Arrange fish fillets in a shallow dish in a single layer. Spoon marinade over fish and rub into surface.

Spread tapioca starch in a shallow pan. Coat both sides of fish, shaking off excess.

In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Fry fish for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until fish is cooked through and golden brown.

In a small bowl, combine fish sauce, vinegar and hot pepper flakes for the dipping. Serve with fish.

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