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Szechuan Fish-Suan Cai Yu
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Another yummy Szechuan style fish stew--Suan Cai Yu
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Sichuan cuisine
Keyword: fish, suan cai
Servings: 4
Calories: 307 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 fresh fish around 800g to 1000g
  • 1 cup pickled mustard green
  • 4 fresh shitake mushrooms
  • 10 dried pepper flakes or more as needed
  • 5 green onions or 1 scallion , separate the white part and green part 10 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 inch root ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 whole Sichuan peppercorn seeds 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 tablespoons starch
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 2 L water or as needed
  1. Wash the fish carefully and separate the bones and fish fillet. Then slice the fillet into really thin slices and cut the bones into large sections.
  2. In a large bowl with clean water, soak and wash the fish slices until they become almost transparent. Transfer out and drain.
  3. Marinade the fish bones and fish fillet slices with salt, cornstarch and white pepper powder. Set aside.
  4. Heat up around 1 tablespoon cooking oil in a large wok, fry garlic, ginger, green onions and whole Sichuan peppercorn for around 1 to 2 minutes or until aroma. Add pickled mustard green for another minute. Pour around 2L of fresh cold water and mushrooms, simmer the soup for around 20 minutes. Taste the soup and add salt accordingly.
  5. Pick the bones out and cook the in the soup prepared I previous step for around 5 minutes. Transfer all the content expects the soup to your serving bowl.
  6. Turn up the fire and add fish slices to cook for around 1 minute. Transfer all the content out to serving bowl too.
  7. Prepare another pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil with dried chili peppers until really hot. Pour the oil to the serving bowl evenly on the surface.
  8. Garnish some chopped green onion and serve hot!
Recipe Notes

For a better taste, you can add some pickled peppers.

Nutrition Facts
Szechuan Fish-Suan Cai Yu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 969mg42%
Potassium 1330mg38%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 2345IU47%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.