Chinese Tomato Fish
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
A mild Sichuan style water boiled fish--Chinese tomato fish is a new rising star in Sichuan cuisine especially in warm days.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: fish, tomato
Servings: 4
Calories: 501 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1000 g grass carp , or you can use fillet
  • 2 large tomatoes , peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 100 g oyster mushrooms , hard ends removed and spilt into smaller pieces (you can change it to bean sprouts, cucumber or shitake mushrooms)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup celery , cut into 1 inch sections
  • 1/4 red onion , cut into pieces
  • a handful coriander
  • 2 green onions , chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil , divided
Seasoning for marinating the fish slices
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 spring onion whites
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons starch , I use homemade sweet potato starch, you can use cornstarch
  1. Add starch, cooking wine, spring onion whites, ginger, ground pepper, egg white and salt. Marinate the fish meat for around 1 hour.
  2. Peel the tomato and them cut into small dices. Heat around 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in wok or pot, fry green onion and garlic until aroma. Add diced tomato and fry over slow fire for around 7-10 minutes until the tomato becomes soft and they are lots of juice out. Add around 2L hot water and simmer the soup for 20 minutes.
  3. Add fish bones, celery, red onion and oyster mushrooms and continue cooking 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer all the content expect the soup to the serving pot and leave the soup in the original wok. Turn up the fire and cook the fish slices for around 30 seconds until they turn white. Transfer the fish slices along with the soup to the serving plate.
  5. Heat around 2 tablespoons of oil in wok until slightly smoky and then pour over the fish slices. Sprinkle coriander and green onion before serving.
Recipe Notes

For a slightly spicy version, add 2 fresh Thai pepper or make a dipping sauce for serving.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Tomato Fish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 1138mg 47%
Potassium 1233mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 20.8%
Vitamin C 23.7%
Calcium 13.6%
Iron 21.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.