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Whole Fried Red Snapper with Chili Garlic Sauce

Whole Fried Red Snapper with Chili Garlic Sauce

This is a WOW! A whole crispy fried snapper with the fillets, cut and fried and piled back onto the bones. Serve the fish with fried rice and fried eggs and accept all compliments with a smile.

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  • 6Servings


Chili Garlic Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup sriracha
  • ¼ cup Asian style sweet chili sauce
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mirin, or sweet white wine
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • 3 pounds whole red snapper, fillets removed, but take bones with head and tail with you (have your fishmonger do this for you)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups peanut oil or other high temperature oil



1. Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sesame oil, then lightly sauté ginger, garlic, and scallions for 1 minute. Add sriracha, chili sauce, soy, mirin and honey. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside. 


1. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels.

2. Slice snapper fillets into 1-inch pieces.

3. Whisk together whites and water and place in a mixing bowl. Whisk together flours, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. 

4. Pour oil in a deep sided sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

5. Dredge fish pieces, a few at a time in egg white mixture and then in flour mixture. Once oil reaches 350°F, place fish in pan and fry for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Continue until all fish has been fried.

6. Fry the fish bones. This may take up to 5 to 7 minutes per side (trust me this is a show stopper).

7. Toss fish pieces with chili sauce and pile into one side of fish bones. Place fried fish bones on platter and pile on fried snapper pieces.