Sichuan Spicy Fish 水煮鱼

Sichuan Spicy Fish 水煮鱼

Sichuan/Szechuan Spicy Fish 四川水煮鱼肉片 is the most famous dish in China Sichuan province .  A mixture of beautiful ingredients (spicy board bean paste, garlic, ginger etc) makes a very aromatic soup base for this Sichuan/Szechuan spicy boiled fish dish. Other important ingredients are Sichuan peppercorn, which provide the signature numbness (mala麻辣) and dried chillies, which provide the signature spiciness. This is a good choice if you are thinking of bean sprouts recipes, sweet potato noodles recipes or coriander recipes at home. Use less chilli oil if you want to make it a healthy home-made Chinese cuisine. What a wonderful Sichuan hot pot cuisine. 

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Sichuan Spicy Fish
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
248 calories
27 g
0 g
15 g
4 g
1 g
298 g
239 g
6 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248
Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 239mg
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1-2 Chinese shallot 紅葱, finely chopped
  2. 1 slice of ginger, finely chopped
  3. 100g cucumber and bean sprouts (or other vegetables you like)
  4. 1 bunch of coriander, slightly chopped
  5. 1 bunch of sweet potato noodle 薯粉
  6. 6 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn 花椒, slightly grinned
  7. 10 dried chili red pepper
  8. 4 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  9. 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  10. 2 tablespoon spicy broad bean paste 辣豆板酱
  11. 1 cup water and 1 cup chicken stock (1tablespoon of chicken powder)
  12. 2 tablespoons of chilli oil
  13. a pinch of salt if needed
  1. 1. Thinly slice the fish. Marinate the fish with sesame oil, corn storach, white pepper, salt and Chinese cooking wine for 15 mins.
  2. 2. Boil the cucumber and bean sprout. Transfer them into the serving bowl. Cook the sweet potato noodle in boiled water for about 15 mins. Transfer the noodle to the serving bowl.
  3. 3. Heat up 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in low to medium heat. Add garlic, ginger and onion. Stir well for 30 seconds. Then add half of the Sichuan peppercorn and half of the dried child pepper and tablespoon of spicy board bean paste. Stir well for 30 seconds.
  4. 4. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup chicken stock. Wait until it boils, add the marinated fish. Cook the fish in medium heat for a few minutes until the fish changes colour.
  5. 5. Transfer the whole content into the serving bowl.
  6. 6. Put the coriander on top of the serving bowl.
  7. 7. Then add 2 teaspoons of cooking oil/spicy oil on the pan. Add remaining Sichuan peppercorn and chili peppers in the pan. Stir fry for 30 seconds in low heat.
  8. 8. Pour the content on the surface of the serving bowl
  1. To adjust the spiciness, you can adjust the quantity of dried chilies and chilli flakes.
  2. To adjust the numbness, you can adjust the quantity of the sichuan peppercorn.
  3. You may add more chilli oil to give the fish silky texture.


Slice the fish and marinate for 15 mins 


Boil the cucumber, bean sprouts in water for 5 mins. Transfer them into the serving bowl. 


Bowl the sweet potato noodle in water for 15 mins. Transfer it into the serving bowl.


Add garlic, ginger, spring onion, sichuan pepper corn and spicy bean paste into the pan. Stir fry for 30 seconds. 

Add 1 cup of chicken stock and 1 cup of water. Boil. 


When it boils, add the fish and simmer for 5 mins. 

Transfer the whole content into the serving bowl. Garnish with coriander. 


Heat up chilli, Sichuan pepper corn and oil in the pan for 1 mins in low heat. 

Transfer the content into the serving bowl. This is done!