Recipe courtesy of Kam Wah Chui

Bacon and Water Chestnut Stuffed Fish with Ginger Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Stuffed Fish:

One 2-pound round fish, scaled

4 ounces bacon, diced 

2 tablespoons cornstarch 

2 teaspoons soy sauce 

1 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1 teaspoon rice wine 

4 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 1 hour, minced 

4 fresh or canned water chestnuts, peeled and minced 

1 egg white 

1/4 cup canola oil

Ginger Sauce:

2 tablespoons canola oil

One 2-inch piece carrot, julienned 

One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and julienned 

1/2 green bell pepper, julienned 

1/2 red bell pepper, julienned 

1/4 cup oyster sauce 

1/4 cup rice wine 

2 tablespoons sugar 

1 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1 teaspoon soy sauce 

1/2 teaspoon chicken powder 

3 teaspoons cornstarch 

4 scallions, white part only, sliced and kept in ice water 

4 scallions, white part only, sliced and kept in ice water


  1. For the fish: Cut a slit on either side of the top fins of the fish. Using your fingers, carefully dig under the skin on one side of the fish, pushing the flesh away from the skin until it is completely loose. Repeat for the other side of the fish. Fillet the fish, starting at the head, along the backbone. This will leave you with two fillets with the skin intact, but separated slightly, to form pockets on each fillet.
  2. Using a spoon, scrape all the meat off the bones, being careful to not include any bones with the meat. Finely chop the scraped meat and add to a large bowl. Add the bacon, cornstarch, soy sauce, pepper, wine, mushrooms, water chestnuts and egg, and mix until smooth. Stuff the mixture into the pockets on the fish, pressing it and packing it tightly.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Gently place the fish in the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip the fish over and cook another 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and keep warm until ready to serve.
  4. For the sauce: Heat the oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, ginger, green bell pepper and red bell pepper; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Working quickly, add 1/4 cup water, the oyster sauce, wine, sugar, pepper, soy sauce and chicken powder, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water, then add it to the pan and cook until the sauce thickens, 2 minutes.
  6. Slice the fish widthwise into strips, and pour the sauce over the top. Garnish with scallions to serve.

Cook’s Note

Chicken powder can be found at specialty Chinese grocery stores.