Easy Recipe of Pan-Seared Fish 

pan seared fish

Taiwanese and seafood 

Whether you are from Taiwan or not, you might have heard about Lanyu’s Flying Fish Festival. It’s a traditional ceremony of Taiwanese tribe Yami people in which they give their blessings to boats and hold their first fishing night ceremony. This indicates how important seafood is to the Taiwanese and Pan-Seared Fish is one of the most liked dishes among Taiwanese cuisine.

Since Taiwan is an island, seafood of Taiwan is an extremely special part of their history and culture. Seafood is a main staple that is eaten often, even today. Fish constitutes some of the most highly-rated dishes in Taiwanese cuisine. There are many different ways to cook fish in Taiwanese culture but if you are looking for something delicious and different, pan-seared fish is a must-try dish.

Nutritional Value

Who is not aware of the countless benefits of fish? It is rich in all the important nutrients including omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, iodine, and minerals. Certain types of fish can prevent heart disease and even fight depression. Fish is a great source of protein too.

 Enough fish facts! Let’s take you to the ingredients you need to rock this pan-seared fish dish.


  • ½ cup Vinegar 
  • 1 cup oil (canola, sesame, olive oil or any oil of your choice)
  • 1 fish (milkfish or any other white fish)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 3-4 cloves of Garlic 
  • Pepper, to taste.


For the marinade:

  • Rinse the fish properly.
  • Dry it with a paper towel.
  • Season both sides of the fish generously with salt and pepper up to your taste.
  • Place it in the refrigerator after covering it. 
  • Marinate it for at least 10-12 hours. 

For the fish:

  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Fry one side for almost five minutes on medium-high flame.
  • Flip and again fry another side for five minutes
  • It may take longer for this fish until the color turns light brown.It should look crispy and scrumptious when done.
  • Remove fish from the pan and let the excess oil drip off. 
  • Serve immediately and enjoy yummy pan-seared fish! 


Sometimes a simple squeeze of lemon or tomato ketchup is sufficient to enhance the flavor, but sometimes the extra effort makes it all worth it. There are plenty of ways in which you can serve your pan-seared fish which can double the flavours accordingly. For instance:

  • Chilli vinegar
  • Different types of salsa
  • Roasted vegetables

Similarly, you can garnish your fish with spring onions or add salads on the side. If you don’t have any sauce, we’ve still got your back. Here’s a basic and optional sauce recipe. 

  • 1½ tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp water
  • Mix them all and cook them in the same pan in which you cooked fish until sugar is dissolved. 
  • You can saute spring onions and ginger. Then simply garnish over the fish along with some coriander or basil leaves if you like.

Tips to Make it Super Yummy

  • If possible, use fresh fish for better taste.
  • You can use any white fish of your own choice.
  • Heat the pan before adding the oil.
  • If you are a newbie. Try getting 2-3 fish instead of one big fish so that you can handle them more easily. Cook in batches.
  • Similarly, don’t get hasty and put all your fish once in the pan. Depending on the size of your skillet, it may be hard to handle.
  • Handle the fish carefully since fish is usually a delicate type of meat to cook.
  • The cooking time of the fish depends upon the thickness of the fish cut. The golden rule is that it should be no longer translucent (juicy from the inside, crispy from the outside).
  • You can also add flour to the fish to make it extra crispy.
  • Using a non-stick pan isn’t necessary. You can use your normal pan too. 

Wait, your taste buds deserve more!

So what if you don’t have time to cook but can’t go to Taiwan for authentic food?

Some days you need to sit back and relax and let others do the thing. Here’s your invitation to visit Memory corner in Richmond, Canada and order Pan-seared fish with extra ingredients and spices added to make this dish more unique. There are some additional ingredients being imported from Taiwan which we add in Memory Corner to make the recipe more flavorful and feel  authentic.

Memory corner belongs to a Taiwanese couple from 1975. They believed in preserving the Taiwanese culture via authentic Taiwanese local recipes. We’re glad to be able to bring it to you even after the couple is no longer with us, but their spirits, wishes, and recipes are! 

Hope to see you soon at Memory Corner

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