Sizzling Garlic Pepper Fish

The Sizzling Garlic Pepper Fish combines the tender texture of tilapia fillets with the bold flavors of garlic, pepper, and a blend of sauces to create a dish that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious. The marination process infuses the fish with an aromatic depth, ensuring every bite is packed with flavor. This dish is a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients coming together to form something extraordinary.

From the colorful bell peppers to the golden-brown crust of the fish, this dish is a feast for the eyes and the palate. It’s perfect for those seeking a meal that’s both nutritious and full of flavor. The inclusion of a variety of sauces and spices adds a complexity that makes this dish suitable for any occasion, from a casual family dinner to a more formal gathering. Dive into this culinary adventure and let the vibrant tastes of the Garlic Pepper Fish delight your senses.

Full Recipe:


For marination:

  • 425 gm boneless skinless tilapia fillets
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime/lemon juice
  • 1 heaped teaspoon crushed ginger garlic green chili
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 eggs (or 1 tablespoon baking powder and cold chilled water)

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mushroom sauce/oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce (or honey with 1/8 teaspoon chili flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For cornstarch slurry:

  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water

For spice powder:

  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 to 3 small petals of star anise
  • 2 cloves (optional)

For the rest of the recipe:

  • 25 gm garlic cloves
  • 20 gm ginger
  • 1 green chili (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 450 gm bell peppers (different colors)
  • 220 gm onions
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for frying fish + 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 green chilies (optional)
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves/green onions for garnish



  1. Marinate the fish fillets with lime/lemon juice, crushed ginger garlic green chili, salt, cornstarch, plain flour, and eggs (or baking powder and water). Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated fish until golden brown. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and sauté the garlic, ginger, and green chili (if using) until fragrant.
  4. Add the bell peppers and onions, and stir-fry until slightly softened.
  5. Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl and pour it over the vegetables in the pan. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add the fried fish to the pan and coat with the sauce.
  7. Prepare the cornstarch slurry by mixing cornstarch with water, and add it to the pan to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve the Garlic Pepper Fish hot, garnished with freshly cracked black pepper, green chilies (if using), and chopped coriander leaves/green onions.

Prep Time: 35 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes | Kcal: 280 kcal | Servings: 4 servings

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