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Asian Fried Fish Balls Kabobs

If you are looking for unusual Superbowl party recipes, you might enjoy making this delicious Asian fish ball skewer recipe. The fish is blended with egg, cornstarch and seasoning and the dip is made with garlic, chili sauce, lime juice and more. These fish ball kabobs do not have to be cooked on skewers. You could cook them without the skewers if you prefer. Nevertheless, they do look good served that way.

You can use any kind of Spanish mackerel for this recipe or any kind of fish, since the egg binds it together nicely. Try cod, tilapia, or hake for a different flavor. The fish balls cook very quickly, within minutes in fact, and when the fish balls puff up and float to the top of the oil they are done.

Serve these delicious and easy party appetizers hot and they will help to make your Superbowl party a great success. The dipping sauce is amazing and the fish balls are very simple in flavor but they have a wonderful texture and taste.

Asian Fish Ball Skewers with a Chili Garlic Dipping Sauce
Summary: These Asian fish skewers are quite unusual. Spanish mackerel is combined with chili, garlic, ginger and more, so you will have lots of wonderful flavor in every bite.
Cuisine: Asian
Recipe type: Superbowl Party Recipes
Serves: 10
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  • 1 ½ lbs whole Spanish mackerel, to yield about 1 lb flesh
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3 cups canola oil
  1. Soak 10 wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine the garlic, chili, ketchup, lime juice, sugar, and ginger to make the dipping sauce, adding salt to taste.
  3. Prepare the fish.
  4. Beginning at the tail end and working towards the head end, slice top half of the flesh off the fish.
  5. Do the same on the other side, then scrape any remaining fish meat off the bones with a spoon.
  6. Put the fish fillet skin side down on a plate and use a pair of tweezers to remove any bones.
  7. Put the fish on a chopping board skin side down and scrape the flesh off the skin with a spoon.
  8. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt on the fish flesh, as well as the white pepper and cornstarch.
  9. Chop the fish with the blunt side of a meat cleaver and either pulse the fish in a food processor until it is paste-like or drag it over the chopping board with the cleaver a few times.
  10. Mix the remaining salt with the water.
  11. Stir the egg into the fish flesh, then dip your hands in the saltwater and form the fish flesh into a ball, slapping it against the side of the bowl.
  12. It might take 5 or 10 minutes to make a ball, which sticks together.
  13. Keep dipping your hands in the cold saltwater as you do this.
  14. Form 1 inch diameter fish balls.
  15. Heat 3 inches of oil in a wok to 360 degrees F.
  16. Pat the fish balls dry, thread them on to the skewers, and drop them into the hot all, working in batches.
  17. When the fish balls rise to the top of the oil and are golden brown, they are done.
  18. It is normal for the fish balls to puff up when they fry and collapse when they cool.
  19. Serve the fish ball skewers with the dipping sauce.

Photo Description:

You can see how delicious these homemade fish balls look. They are really easy to make and the homemade Asian dipping sauce recipe suits their flavor really well. You could serve this fish ball recipe with a sweet and sour sauce for a different taste if you wanted to. This is one of our more unusual Superbowl appetizer recipes and a lot of people have not tasted homemade fish balls before but these always go down well and they are not difficult to make.

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