Sweet and Sour Maya-maya

Sweet and Sour Maya-maya is another all-time favourite Filipino dish. Maya-maya is a filipino name for
“Snapper fish”. There’s alot of ways to prepare Maya-maya fish, and sweet and sour is one of the best way to go.

This may require a bit of your patience and flexibility, but in return you will surely gain praise and nice feedbacks from your family, guest or collegues who will enjoy your Sweet and Sour Maya-maya!!!

Sweet and Sour Maya-maya Photo by Nino Almendra
Sweet and Sour Maya-maya
Photo by Nino Almendra

Now on with the cooking…

Sweet and Sour Maya-maya

Prep. time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Not So Easy

Good for 12 crew

You will need;

2 pcs (3kgs/each) Maya-maya/Snapper fish, cleaned, remove scales and make a slit across its body.

1 Tbsp. #Seasonin or salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup all purpose/plain flour

1 cup cornstarch/cornflour

1/2 cup cooking oil

1/2 cup unsalted butter

*For the sauce;

2 cups (500ml) Sweet and Sour Sauce {recipe here}, or your choice of bottled Sweet and Sour sauce.

1 thumbsize (50grms) ginger, sliced

1 small (100grms) carrots, sliced or julliene

1 small (100grms) onions, coarsely chopped

1 medium (150grms) tomato, wedges

1 medium (150grms) red/green bell peppers, jullienne

150 grms  pineapple, cut into tidbits

*Garnish, a bunch of spring onions

Direction;

Preheat oven to 180’C / 350’F.

Season Maya-maya fish with salt and pepper, add flour and cornstarch to coat fish.

Heat oil and butter on a pan. Fry Maya-maya fish on all side until browned.

Place on a heat proof serving tray, add 4Tbsp. water to the tray to avoid the fish from sticking from the tray and it will also help to cook the fish while in the oven.

Cover the fish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

*For the sauce;

Heat the Sweet and Sour Sauce on a pan, add the rest of ingredients and let it simmer for 3 minutes.

Pour in the Sweet and Sour Sauce to Maya-maya fish, garnish with freshly chopped spring onions.

{Note; if you are serving it to Europeans, I recommend you to cover the eyes of the fish with spring onions or parsley. The sight of the fish eye looking at them is quite destructing their appetite.}

Enjoy your meal!!! 😉

Here’s how I do it;

 Clean, remove scales and make a slit across the Maya-maya fish.
Clean, remove scales and make a slit across the Maya-maya fish.
Season Maya-maya fish with salt and pepper.
Season Maya-maya fish with salt and pepper.
Add flour and cornstarch to coat fish.
Add flour and cornstarch to coat fish.
Heat oil and butter on a pan.
Heat oil and butter on a pan. Onboard, I use a large electric frying table.
You can always use what pan is available, Flexibility is a virtue inside the kitchen.

Flexibility is a virtue inside the kitchen.

Fry Maya-maya fish on all side until browned.
Fry Maya-maya fish on all side until browned.
It will only take a couple of minutes to brown one side of the fish on high heat.
It will only take a couple of minutes to brown one side of the fish on high heat.
Keep in mind that you dont need to cook through the Maya-maya fish. We will do that inside the oven, giving you more time to do other things.
Keep in mind that you dont need to cook through the Maya-maya fish.
We will do that inside the oven, giving you more time to do other things.
Place on a heat proof serving tray, add 4Tbsp. water to the tray to avoid the fish from sticking from the tray and it will also help to cook the fish while in the oven.
Place on a heat proof serving tray, add 4Tbsp. water to the tray to avoid the fish from sticking from the tray and it will also help to cook the fish while in the oven.
Cover the fish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Cover the fish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Prepare the Sweet and Sour Sauce while the Maya-maya fish is inside the oven.

Heat the Sweet and Sour Sauce on a pan
Heat your homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce or your choice of bottled Sweet and Sour sauce. on a pan.
Add the rest of ingredients.
Add the rest of ingredients.
Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
Let it simmer for 3 minutes.

After 30 minutes of Baking the Maya-maya fish…

Pour in the Sweet and Sour Sauce to Maya-maya fish.
Pour in the Sweet and Sour Sauce to Maya-maya fish.
Garnish with freshly chopped spring onions.
Garnish with freshly chopped spring onions.
Sweet and Sour Maya-maya Photo by Nino Almendra
Sweet and Sour Maya-maya
Photo by Nino Almendra
{Note; if you are serving it to Europeans, I recommend you to cover the eyes of the fish with spring onions or parsley. The sight of the fish eye looking at them is quite destructing their appetite.} Photo by Nino Almendra
{Note; if you are serving it to Europeans, I recommend you to cover the eyes of the fish with spring onions or parsley. The sight of the fish eye looking at them is quite destructing their appetite.}
Photo by Nino Almendra

Enjoy your meal!!! 😉

Here's after 30 minutes and 12 crew have past by my buffet table. It's a SOLD-OUT!!!
Here’s after 30 minutes and 12 crew have past by my buffet table.
It’s a SOLD-OUT!!!

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe

encourage you to try cooking your favourite Sweet and Sour Fish!!!

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