Scarlet wrasse in xo sauce

It 's fast, it's simple and it tastes yummy! You can have this healthy, tasty pan fried red fish ready to serve in no time.
Pan fried scarlette wrasse with xo sauce, steamed rice and asian greens in a blue bowl plate pinit
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I love this scarlet wrasse fish also known as soldierfish. It’s under rated here, most fisherman throw it back in the ocean. You often catch it when targeting different more desirable species. We often keep them because they are fantastic when eaten fresh!

My kids love the scarlet wrasse and always asks for this fish instead of the main target species. I think it’s mainly because of the bright red beautiful color, but they still really like eating this sweet, white, firm fish.

6 raw scarlet wrasse fillets on a plate with a bunch of spring onions

Cooking Scarlet Wrasse/soldierfish

Pan fried scarlet wrasse are quick and easy to cook and this recipe with xo sauce and spring onions served with steamed rice is my favorite way to eat it. You can make this recipe with fish fillets or whole fish. Because the soldierfish is a bit smaller you can fit the whole fish nicely in a large frying pan.

3 whole scarlette wrasse dusted in flour cooking in a cast iron skillet frying pan
3 Pan fried scarlette wrasse on a plate and the ingredients for the xo sauce on a different plate
Two scarlette wrasse on a plate and a frying pan with spring onion and xo sauce cooking

I dust the fish or fillets lightly in seasoned flour then fry the fish skin side down until crispy. Make a sauce from the pan juices, garlic, spring onion, ginger and xo sauce then serve it with light fluffy short or medium grain rice. A light weeknight meal

Making spring onion and xo sauce in a frying pan with a whisk
Sauteed chinese greens in a frying pan

xo sauce

This dried seafood-based sauce is made of roughly-chopped dried seafood which are cooked with, onions, garlic and chili.

XO sauce has a unique and intense umami flavor suitable as a seasoning for many asian dishes. XO sauce is available from the Asian grocery store or online. It’s expensive but you only need to use a little bit in your sauce.

Equipment needed for this recipe

Rice cooker

A good frying pan


Chopping board



5 from 1 vote

Scarlet wrasse in xo sauce

This beautiful bright red fish is amazing pan fried whole or fillets skin side down until crispy.
The firm, sweet, white flesh lends itself well to Asian dishes.

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Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 45 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 3 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


crispy fried scarlet wrasse


  1. Soldierfish in xo sauce
    • Dust the fish fillets in seasoned flour and shallow fry in the oil until crispy. Set aside. 
    • Fry the spring onions, garlic and ginger in the same pan for about 1 minute.
    • Add the xo sauce to the pan. Cook and whisk add a dash of water and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Season with soy sauce.
    • Drizzle the sauce on top of the fish.
    • Serve with Steamed short grain rice and garden vegetables. Asian greens are the best
    3 Pan fried scarlette wrasse on a plate and the ingredients for the xo sauce on a different plate
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  1. This fish comes out so flavorful and works nicely on top of salad or just plain rice!

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