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Grandma’s Braised Fish

by Kelly
Grandma's Braised Fish with a sweet savoury sauce in this super easy recipe that only takes 20 minutes!

Back with another one of my grandma’s favorite dishes, this braised fish is so easy to make, takes just 20 minutes, and has a delicious sweet and savory sauce that keeps you coming back for more!

As with most Asian families, the elders loved to feed fish to us kids, because it makes us smarter so we can go on to become doctors/engineers/lawyers/rocket scientists. I don’t know about the career part, but at least this dish made us love eating fish just to drench our rice with sauce!

The aromatic ingredients of red onion, garlic, and ginger set the stage. The ginger infuses warmth and depth into the dish, the red onion adds a touch of sweetness, while the garlic harmonizes with the other elements. Completing the ensemble is the vibrant coriander, divided into its stalks and leafy parts, imparting a fresh, herbal note to the dish.

The heart of Grandma’s Braised Fish lies in its sauce – a balanced amalgamation of oyster sauce, light soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and water. The oyster sauce and light soy sauce provide the umami foundation, while the fish sauce lends a subtle savory complexity. The sesame oil’s nutty aroma adds a layer of richness, and the sugar tempers the blend with a touch of sweetness. The water brings everything together, facilitating a harmonious marriage of flavors that will envelop the fish.

The finale of “Grandma’s Braised Fish” is a crescendo of flavors and textures. The final garnish of coriander’s leafy parts imparts a burst of color and freshness, a visual representation of the vitality that tradition brings to our lives. Each bite is a journey through time and taste, an exploration of familial bonds and culinary excellence.

In a world dominated by fast-paced trends and fleeting flavors, “Grandma’s Braised Fish” stands as a testament to the power of tradition and the enduring magic of shared meals. As we savor each bite, we connect with the generations that came before us, bridging the past with the present in a culinary celebration that knows no bounds. So let’s get to it!

Watch How To Make It

Grandma’s Braised Fish

Another one of my grandma's favourite dishes, this braised fish is so easy to make in just 20 minutes, and has a delicious sweet and savoury sauce that keeps you coming back for more!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: dinner, easy recipe, lunch, quick
Servings: 2


  • 2 pieces any white fish (I used red grouper) approximately 275g each
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 bulb garlic peeled
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 2 stalks coriander


  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp water


  • Chop the coriander and separate the stalks and leafy parts. Peel the garlic, slice the red onion and ginger.
  • Prepare the sauce with oyster sauce, light soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, sugar and water.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then stir fry the garlic, red onion and ginger until fragrant.
  • Add the coriander (stalks) and place the fish on top. Then, pour the sauce over it and let it simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander (leafy parts) and serve!

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Just me 09 August 2023 - 12:14 am

5 stars
I love it!!! Going to try!

Maria Teresa Teylan 10 August 2023 - 9:32 am

5 stars
Must try for the family😍

Milanie Mohd Nor 18 August 2023 - 1:27 pm

5 stars
Trying this to nite.

Nur Faeza 25 August 2023 - 1:55 pm

5 stars
My family loves it! a quick and easy dish. Tqsm!


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