Chinese-Style Creamy Butter Fish

I call this dish Chinese-Style because the whole 'Nai You' rave was generated and created by Chinese. This is adapted and modified from Food-4-tots. Instead of prawns, I use fish and I shallow fry the fish first until it is golden brown on both sides. Can't use prawns because of Aaron. Seriously, I've given up trying to make him eat prawns. The only Crustaceans he'll eat are just lobsters/crayfish and Moreton Bay Bugs. He might take Crabs occasionally. Expensive tastebud eh?

For this dish, I have doubled the curry leaves because I love it and fried half of them. They give the dish a better presentation and really does taste better. Have you not tried eating fried curry leaves before? They are crispy and very delicious! I also serve the fish over a bed of lettuce which is optional but is good to mop the remaining sauce off the plate.

Chinese-Style Creamy Butter Fish
(serves 2)

For the fish:
2 large fish fillets, cut into large slices, washed and pat dry
Salt and black pepper
Rice flour
Curry powder
Enough oil to shallow fry

Mix the seasoning together and dredge the fish slices into the flour mixture. Shallow fry it on both sides until golden brown and almost cooked through. Drain on wire rack with newspaper lined underneath and set aside.

For the sauce:
3 tbsp butter
6 tbsp curry leaves, fry half and set aside
2 tsp meat curry powder
2 bird's eye chillies, finely chopped
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Lettuce (optional)

Heat up your pan and melt butter until it is almost brown and nutty. Add in the fresh curry leaves, chopped chillies and curry powder. Stir fry until fragrant. Add in the evaporated milk, sugar and salt to taste. Bring to boil and then simmer until the sauce starts to get thicker. Add in fried fish slices and toss to coat quickly. Dish up and serve. over a bed of shredded lettuce. Garnish with more chopped chillies for the extra kick and the fried curry leaves.

Serve immediately.

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Rice Palette said...

Hi Quinn, great recipe! I must say I've never had anything like this before, so this is something new I must try! Great looking photos!

Food For Tots said...

Haven't tried to pair this sauce with fish. Yours looks so yummy and flavourful! Love the crispy curry leaves so much! I can't wait to try it out too.

pigpigscorner said...

This reminds me of butter crabs...yum yum with mantou!

Quinn said...


Food-4-tots: Thanks for the inspiring recipe!

Ann: Yeah, actually, this sauce is always cooked with crab in Malaysia, lovely with DEEP-FRIED mantao!!!

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