Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Threadfin with Ginger Sauce

I have been trying very hard to make my kids eat fish other than Cod and had only been successful with this dish using Threadfin.

Threadfin, commonly know as 午鱼 in Hokkien and 马友 in Cantonese, is very often use when I made fish porridge for my kids when they were toddlers.

As this is done with ginger sauce, it has a very nice aroma and reminds me of a friend who is doing her confinement. I bet she will enjoys this dish.

There are ready-made (Japanese) Ginger sauce but I prefer to make my own as I don't have to free-up space in my fridge or kitchen cabinet to keep it. I don't have to worry about wastage towards the expiry date too. My major frustration with ready-made sauce is some times I can't find it anymore when I want to get it.

My ginger sauce may not be better than ready-made ones but ingredients are easily found, easy to made and you can adjust the flavour according to your taste too. You can make it anytime you need it too. Do try it out. :)

  • 1 slice of Threadfin
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Ginger Sauce for Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Juice (done by grating the ginger using a grater)
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar

Ginger Sauce for Seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Juice (done by grating the ginger using a grater)
  • 1 teaspoon Mirin
  • 1/2 tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar (optional)

How to do it:
  1. Marinate threadfin in ginger sauce marinade for half an hour.
  2. Heat pan with oil.
  3. Drain threadfin and place in pan.
  4. Pan fry on all sides on medium high heat till just cooked, about 10-12 mins.
  5. Dish and set aside.
  6. Using the same pan pour in ginger sauce for seasoning.
  7. Bring to a gentle simmer.
  8. Drizzle over threadfin or use it as a dipping sauce.

You can dust the threadfin with corn flour before pan frying it to prevent it from breaking.


  1. Hi
    Any idea what I can replace with cooking wine n mirin? Thank u!

  2. Looks appetising!
    How do you make the ginger shreds garnish on top?

    1. Thanks.
      I slice a knob of ginger using the peeler then cut it into strip. After that fry it till it's lightly brown.

  3. Hi WokkingHotMum
    What type of Threadfin you use ? There're so many variants.