Sweet and Spicy Fish Balls

Fishballs is a staple street food in the Philippines, you see moving street hawkers with deep frying carts peddling it on most of the city streets during afternoons. Basically it is sold deep fried and freshly cooked, consumers usually skewer them from the boiling oil and dipped in several types of sauces ranging from sweet, sweet spicy, sour and sour and spicy.

This dish is inspired from that street food but I added some twist and served it with additional ingredients like pineapples and capsicum.


Sweet and Spicy Fish Balls

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Free Style


This Sweet and Spicy Fish Balls is inspired from that street food but I added some twist and served it with additional ingredients like pineapples and capsicum.



  • 500g assorted fish cakes and fish balls
  • 1 small can pineapple chunks in syrup, reserve liquid
  • 1 red capsicum, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • salt
  • oil


  1. In a pan add oil then sauté garlic, ginger and onion.
  2. Add fishballs and stir fry for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the sweet chilli sauce, 1/2 cup water, reserved liquid from pineapple chunks and pineapples. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes in low heat.
  4. Add the cayenne and capsicum then simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. Mix the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water and pour into the pan, simmer until sauce becomes thick.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve.

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8 Responses

  1. Whata avery asian fest easy and tasty recipe!

  2. mjskit says:

    Have never had fish balls before. Love this combination of fish and pineapple. I make a fish taco with pineapple salsa and the flavors of your dish seem similar. Love the sweet and spicy! Great dish!

  3. We usually relish fish balls! But never have thought of making it sweet and spicy. This looks so delish 🙂

  4. Love 2 Type says:

    i love fish balls.. and its nice that you make it extra-ordinary here. 🙂

  5. Same thing in Taiwan too, and the fishballs are amazingly delicious. I bet Filipino sweet and spicy version is very good too!

  6. Kristy says:

    I’m telling you. I need to get to the Philippines and spend days just eating street food. I do love the sound of all the flavor combinations in this dish and I still need to try fish balls.

  7. Shirley says:

    I’ve never thought of having fishballs this way, sounds delicious! I’ve mostly had them in soups, but fried with pineapple sounds really good.

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