Sweet Sour Fish Dinner

by Marie Rizzio
(Interlochen, Mi. )

My Italian Mother created this recipe many years ago.

I was raised with a Catholic background and so every Friday, fish was on the menu. Mother would make this dish often. Now I make it for my family.



  • 1 lb. frozen or fresh perch fillets (may use other fish)
  • Flour seasoned with salt, pepper and a little paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 or two onions, thinly sliced


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil-cured black olives
  • Fresh basil


  • Combine flour with salt,pepper and paprika; coat fish with flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook fillets until golden brown.
  • Remove and keep warm.
  • In same skillet, cook onions until tender. Remove and keep warm.

  • To make sauce, combine the vinegar, water, and sugar in same skillet.
  • Cook several minutes until sugar is dissolved and sauce is slightly reduced. Return fish and onions to skillet along with the olives.
  • Heat until heated through.

    Garnish with finely chopped fresh basil.

    Serves 4.

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