Sichuan chilli fish


I love spicy food, especially the Sichuan style with those peppercorns that leave a numb feeling in your mouth. My favourite chilli fish has a well seasoned broth with large soy bean sprouts. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I ate this regularly and on the day before my labour, I had eaten chilli fish for both lunch and dinner!

I haven’t provided a calorie count because although there is a lot of oil and calories in the broth, it’s not generally drunk as a soup and therefore you don’t consume the majority of the calories.

Serves 2

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins

Ingredients
3 tbsp neutral oil
4cm piece of ginger, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 spring onion, sliced (2cm pieces)
6 dried chillies, sliced
2 tsp sichuan peppercorns
1 tsp ground sichuan pepper
3 tbsp chilli oil
4 tbsp chilli broad bean paste
800ml water
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
300g white fish fillet, sliced to 5cm pieces
200g bean sprouts (preferably soy bean)
Coriander, for garnish

In a large pot, heat the oil and fry the ginger, garlic, spring onion, dried chillies and peppercorns until fragrant.

Then add in the ground sichuan pepper, chilli oil and chilli broad bean paste and sautee briefly until fragrant.

Add the water, dark soy sauce, sugar and salt and bring to a boil.

Add the fish fillets let it boil for a few more minutes until cooked through.. Take off the heat and stir in the bean sprouts. Garnish with coriander and serve with steamed rice.

Thermomix Adaptation

Ingredients
40g neutral oil
4cm piece of ginger, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 spring onion, sliced (2cm pieces)
6 dried chillies, sliced
2 tsp sichuan peppercorns
1 tsp ground sichuan pepper
40g chilli oil
60g chilli broad bean paste
800g water
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
300g white fish fillet, sliced to 5cm pieces
200g bean sprouts (preferably soy bean)
Coriander, for garnish

Place oil, ginger, garlic, spring onion, dried chillies, peppercorns, ground pepper, chilli oil and bean paste into mixing bowl and cook 3 min/Varoma/speed 1.

Add water, soy sauce, sugar and salt, then cook 7 min/100°C/stirring speed.

Add fish fillets then cook 3 min/100°C/reverse/stirring speed. Garnish with coriander just before serving.


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