How to Make Delicious Braised Belt Fish with Tofu: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: Can I use another type of fish for this recipe?
A: Yes, while belt fish is ideal for this dish, you can substitute it with other firm-fleshed fish, but cooking times may vary.

Q: Is there a vegetarian alternative for the fish in this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use mushrooms or eggplant as a substitute for a vegetarian version, though the flavor profile will change.

Q: How do I know when the fish is properly marinated?
A: After marinating for 20 minutes with thirteen spices and cooking wine, the fish should have absorbed the flavors. Ensure it’s evenly coated and has a pleasant aroma.

Braised Belt Fish with Tofu


  • 2 belt fish
  • 1 block of tofu
  • 2g thirteen spices
  • 20g cooking wine
  • 1 segment of green onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 dry red chili pepper
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 pinch of Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2g salt
  • 20g soy sauce
  • 10g light soy sauce
  • 1 bowl of hot water
  1. Clean the belt fish by removing the head, gills, internal organs, and black belly. Cut into 6cm segments and wash thoroughly.
  2. Marinate the fish with thirteen spices and cooking wine for 20 minutes.
  3. Before cooking, lightly dust the fish segments with ordinary flour.
  4. Cut the tofu into large slices, about 1cm thick.
  5. Heat a stew pot over low heat for 2 minutes, add enough oil, and test the oil temperature with a green onion leaf. It should bubble immediately. Fry the fish in batches until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Remove the fried fish and wipe the pot clean of oil residue with kitchen paper.
  7. Add a little oil to the pot and fry the tofu until golden brown on both sides.
  8. Place the fried tofu on one side of the pot and the fish segments on the other side.
  9. Add green onion segments, garlic, star anise, and other seasonings, followed by salt, soy sauce, light soy sauce, cooking wine, and hot water.
  10. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  11. Garnish with minced green garlic before serving for added color and aroma.
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  • High in protein from both fish and tofu.
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Low in carbohydrates, suitable for low-carb diets.