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Fish with Garlic Chili Sauce

A quick and easy sweet and spicy sauce that works great with fish, chicken, or pork.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer


  • 4 skinless fish fillets: salmon, catfish, flounder, almost any fish would work
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Pat fish dry and drizzle one tablespoon sesame oil over fish. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on each fillet.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter and remaining tablespoon sesame oil in a large, flat skillet over medium-low heat. Whisk in the apricot jam and chili garlic sauce, mashing the larger pieces of fruit until the jam is melted.
  • Add fillets to skillet on top of sauce and cook about 5 minutes per side or until done, depending on thickness of fish. I like to get a bit of a sear on each side.
  • Transfer fish to dinner plates or platter and drizzle remaining sauce over each fillet.


Serve with sautéed spinach, green beans, or a tossed salad.