Sweet Black Pepper Fish

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

I have used this recipe from the January/February 04 issue of Cooking Light magazine several times. It is easily and quickly prepared, but best of all, it is a terrific dish. If I can't find lemongrass, I use lemon zest. I have also added a teaspoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little water to the dish during the last two minutes to give the sauce a little more body.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine 1/4 cup water, sugar, and fish sauce in a large nonstick skillet.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add lemongrass, garlic, and pepper.
  4. Cook 1 1/2 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  5. Add 1/4 cup water, onions, and fish and cook over medium-high heat 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning once.
  6. Sprinkle with cilantro.


Most Helpful

Wonderful flavor to this dish. I took the posters advice and only used 2 tbsp of sugar in the recipe. The key to this recipe is to let the initial ingredients reduce sufficiently so that once you add the fish it does not overcook. Simplicity at its best. Thank you Tara for sharing the recipe.

BonnieZ April 21, 2005

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