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Homemade Fish Balls with Spicy Fish Ball Sauce

Homemade Fish Balls are a fun and tasty treat. Delicious as streetfood with sweet and spicy sauces or added to soups and noodle stir-fries.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 112kcal


For the Fish Balls

  • 1 pound fish flesh
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • canola oil

For the Sweet and Spicy Fish Ball Sauce

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 Thai chili peppers, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a food processor, grind the flesh into a thick paste. Alternatively, pound the fish flesh with the back of a knife until it turns to a thick paste.
  • In a bowl, combine the fish paste, salt, sugar, cornstarch, and water.
  • Using hands, stir the mixture until well combined and then shape into a big ball. Lift from the bowl and then slap back into the bowl. Repeat for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the fish paste is smooth and shiny and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
  • Alternatively, transfer the fish paste into the bowl of a stand mixer and using the paddle attachment, beat for about 10 to 15 minutes or until it begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
  • Using a tablespoon, portion the fish paste and shape into balls by rolling between the palm of hands.
  • In a pot over medium heat, bring about 4 quarts of water to a boil. Gently drop fish balls into boiling water and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until they begin to float on top.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove from the fish balls from water and allow to cool.
  • In a wide pan, heat about 2 inches of oil. Add fish balls and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and puffed. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  • Serve with the sweet and spicy fish ball sauce.

For the Sweet and Spicy Fish Ball Sauce

  • In a saucepot, combine water, soy sauce, garlic, shallots, chili pepper, brown sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Stir well until well blended and smooth.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring regularly, for about 3 to 5 minute or until thickened. The sauce will thicken more as it cools.



The nutrition info is calculated at 3 fish balls per serving, without the sauce.


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1225mg | Potassium: 468mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg