International Recipes

Fried Fish in Pungent Sauce
(Escabeche de Pescado Frito)

Escabeche means "pickled" in Spanish, referring to the sweet and sour flavor obtained with brown sugar, ginger and vinegar. This is usually served as an appetizer.

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Yield: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds fish fillets, cut into serving pieces
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 small onions, sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into rings
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Heat oil in skillet until hot. Pat fish dry. Cook over medium heat until fish flakes easily with fork, turning carefully, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Heat water, carrots, onions, green pepper, garlic, brown sugar, salt and ginger to boiling in 1 1/2-quart saucepan; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix vinegar and cornstarch; stir into vegetables. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  4. Pour vegetable mixture over fish.

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