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Fresh and Fast – Szechuan Salted Fish

 Szechuan Fish

I made this in a rush last night for dinner. My boys have both been ill with terrible colds for more than a week and yesterday it knocked me down too. I feel like I have been hit in the head with a sledge hammer and so was not really in the mood to cook. This was on the table quickly.  I know some of you will be wondering if my kids ate it as well? They did but I left the Szechuan salt out of theirs. They had plain crumbed fish.

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


Szechuan Salt:

  • 1 tablespoon of rock salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes


  • 300 – 400 grams of fish of choice (not well suited a meaty thick fish)
  • 2 eggs lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 3- 4 bread ends to make breadcrumbs – Make about 1 and 1/2 cups
  • lime wedges to serve
  • Vegetables or salad of choice to accompany


  1. To make the Szechuan salt – Toast the peppercorns in a hot pan for a few minutes and then add all of the ingredients to a mortar and pestle and pound until the mix is combined. It doesn’t need to be too fine
  2. Dip each piece of fish into the flour and then the egg and then the breadcrumbs (I did the kids pieces first) and then add 1/2 tablespoon of the salt mix to the bread crumbs and mix it to combine well.
  3. Repeat with all remaining pieces of fish
  4. Cook fish in a hot pan for a few minutes each side until golden in colour and cooked through (time will vary depending on the size of the fish pieces)
  5. Serve with vegetables or salad

Hints and Tips:

  • You will have left over Szechuan salt. Place it in a jar to use next time.
  • If you would like the dish less salty, sprinkle the salt on to the fish after crumbing and before cooking
  • Szechuan pepercorns can be found at Asian grocers

Do you flavour your fish? What is your favourite combination?

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Tim August 24, 2012, 12:02 pm

    looks delish! will definitely be trying this out

    • Kyrstie August 24, 2012, 2:06 pm

      Thanks for visiting Tim. It is a nice change from plain crumbs. Let me know if you give it a go.

  • Roslyn August 24, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Yum – we eat a lot of flathead so that would be perfect! I usually crumb it with seasoned panko crumbs and shallow fry it, then cook home made wedges with our home grown potatoes to give us a healthier version of fish & chips!

    • Kyrstie August 24, 2012, 2:05 pm

      Flathead would be perfect Roslyn. We love flathead too. Home grown potatoes are the best, I have my fingers crossed for a bumper crop this year.

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