Really Easy Fried Kurau Fish In Plum Sauce

Good morning, dear friends 😀

There are many times when I just simply ran out of ideas on what to cook for dinner or lack the inspiration to come up with something. I’m sure this happens to almost everyone who cooks. 😆

This particular sweet and sour fish recipe is really a breeze to prepare and this dish simply whet our appetites as it goes well with hot steamed rice. Have a look at the recipe and see for yourself –

Ingredients & Method –

a few fish steaks of your choice (I had used Ikan Kurau) – marinated with some salt and pepper, coated with cornstarch and fried until cooked, set aside in a serving plate

1/2 cup of bottled plum sauce

1/4 cup water to mix into the plum sauce

2 pips of garlic, minced

*** In 2 tbsps of the leftover oil from frying the fish, strifry garlic until aromatic and golden.

*** pour in the plum sauce and add in the water. Bring to a boil and let the sauce simmer for 2 minutes.

*** check the sauce for taste and adjust with more plum sauce or water or sugar and salt.

*** pour plum sauce over the fish and garnish with chopped green onions or coriander leaves.

Note – you can use more plum sauce than specified here to suit the amount of fish used or if you like this sauce

Voila! A yummy fish dish in a jiffy! 😀


8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    Hi Happyhomemaker88

    Was looking for some home cooked recipes and came accross your site, great photos and really great recipes! Thanks for keeping up such a useful resource for other mums around the world (I’m from Perth, Australia) to try and emmulate in our homes!



  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Chris from Perth, 😀

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Do pop in here whenever you can and we will have a cup of virtual coffee together! 😆

    Have a relaxing weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  3. 3

    Siu Lan said,

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m just starting to learn cooking. Any simple bu delicious recipe is best for me. Siu Lan


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Siu Lan 😀

      Congratulations on starting your wonderful cooking/culinary journey. You will find that cooking can be quite rewarding especially if you are cooking for your loved ones. They will not mind that the food is simple, as long as it is homecooked with love by you! 😉

      You can use the “SEARCH” box at the top right hand corner of this page to help you look for any recipes that you like. Type the words “Easy Recipes” and you will see many of them.

      I had intentionally set some easy recipes for those who are learning how to cook, especially for my daughters, who are now 18 and 23, but just started getting interested in cooking. 😆

      With peace and joy,

      choesf 😀


  4. 5

    Quinn said,

    Hello choesf!
    I’ve tried this and I’ve added some caramelized brown onion into the sauce too. Tasted great!
    Thank you!


    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Quinn 😀

      Thank you for trying out this recipe! I’m glad it turned out well for you. Now, I learned something new from you – yes, those caramelized onions will taste great with it, too. 😀

      Have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


  5. 7

    alphonce said,

    hi bro,,,

    i’m hving party this weekend & would like to try this menu. already bought the fish (slice to 35pcs) & plum sauce. need your advice,,,what will be the correct method ?




    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear alphonce 😀

      Perhaps you can try this method :-

      1) Wipe dry the fish slices with paper kitchen towels.

      2) Season with enough salt and pepper for 30 minutes (longer is better)

      3) Pour corn starch/flour (not cornmeal) or tapioca flour onto a shallow dish.

      4) Preheat oil in a wok or deep fryer until hot.

      5) Dip fish slices into the corn flour, shake off excess flour, and fry in the hot oil, a few slices at a time.

      6) When cooked, remove and put into a strainer

      7) To prepare the sauce – just fry some sliced onions until soft, add in the whole bottle of plum sauce. Pour in about half cup of water…more if your plum sauce is too thick. You can adjust the sourness of your sauce by adding some white vinegar or lime juice or lemon juice, and some sugar. Adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding in some cornflour and water mixture (1 tbsp cornflour to 2 tbsp water).

      8) It is best to pour the sauce onto the fried fish slices only when it is time to serve your guests or the fish slices will become soggy.

      9) You can garnish your fish with some green onions (scallions) sliced thinly into curls, and some coriander leaves. Thinly sliced fresh red chilli will add some beautiful colour, too. 💡

      Hope your guests will like this fish recipe. 😉

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


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