- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Servings: Serves 4
- Yield: 8-12 (2 oz each) rockfish portions
- 1 ea Alaska rockfish 3-4 lb
- ½ cup white cornmeal
- ½ cup corn starch
- ½ cup flour
- 2 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp Sichuan peppercorn
- 8 cups canola oil
- 1 oz garlic
- 1 oz ginger, peeled
- 1 oz shishito pepper (or jalapeno)
- 1 oz kalamata olive, pitted
- 1 oz capers
- 2 tbsp Thai basil
- 1 ea lemon
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
Step 1 Prepare rockfish and toppings
Fillet the rockfish. Cut the fillets into 2 oz pieces. Reserve fish backbone.
Slice garlic and ginger into 1/8” slices and cut shishito peppers into 1” pieces.
Mix white cornmeal, corn starch, and flour with 1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorn.
Heat oil to 375° F in a large wok or pot.
Dredge rockfish pieces in cornmeal mixture including the fish bone. Fry them until crispy and firm. Fry garlic, ginger, shishito peppers, Kalamata olive, caper, and Thai basil.
Season everything with 1 tbsp salt and 1tbsp Sichuan peppercorn mixture.
Step 2 To serve
Place fried fish bone on the plate. Pile all fried pieces on top of the fish bone. Drizzle with fish sauce and lemon.