Koi Fish Jelly for Chinese New Year

This Koi Fish Jelly is the perfect treat to serve your guests during Chinese New Year! They are sure to WOW your guest! It’s also so easy to make 🙂 Here’s wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Koi Fish Jelly

It’s pretty easy to make this Koi Fish Jelly. Nothing extremely fancy. All it needs is abit of waiting but I promise, the results are as what you see! SO apt for Chinese New Year! Other noteworthy Chinese New Year goodies I’ve made were my ALL TIME FAMOUS Dried Pineapple Flowers. I had received so much praises on them, that i think it’s time to make a different version to suit another occasion. Also if you’re feeling or craving something tangy, you’ll love this Tangy Pineapple Curd. Serve a dessert with this during CNY, and your guests will thank you for this!

First to get started, you’ll need the following basic tools/ ingredients:

  • Clear Agar Agar Powder ( I use the Swallow Globe Brand) You can always use gelatin
  • 200g Coconut Milk ( I use a packet of Ayam Brand Trim Coconut Milk)
  • 400g water
  • 50g sugar ( you can add more if you like it sweeter)
  • Red, Orange Food Gel ( I use Wilton Brand)
  • Koi Fish Jelly Moulds ( I use 2 sets of 6 jelly moulds)
  • Raisins ( for the fish eyes)
  • Paintbrush and a bowl to mix the powder and food gel

Koi Fish Jelly ingredients

As you can see below, I have the bigger Koi Fish Jelly Moulds as well as the smaller ones that come in 6. For this recipe, I use 2 sets of the smaller moulds. If you’re trying to make a statement at the table, feel free to use the bigger moulds.

Koi Fish moulds

Process of making the Koi Fish Jelly

  • Boil Water, sugar, agar agar powder till fully melted and no “sugary coarse bits” remain
  • Spoon 1 tbsp of boiled jelly into a small bowl and mix to coat the raisins ( Which are supposed to be the fish eyes). Place raisins into Koi Fish Jelly mould
  • In a separate container, spoon some boiled jelly and mix some food gel
  • Dip your paintbrush into the colored jelly and paint the fish mould in a random pattern

Making the jelly

It may look abit ugly at this point in time but not to worry, you just need the colors to set awhile in the fridge before you finish pouring the remainder in the mould.

Painting the fish mould

Set the fish jelly moulds in the fridge for 5 mins. In the meantime, pour the coconut milk into the remaining boiled jelly. Let cool till lukewarm. Remove refrigerated jelly moulds from the fridge and pour the coconut jelly mixture over. Place mould back into the fridge to set for a few hours.

Coconut Jelly

Unmould Jelly after setting and you’ll be rewarded with your very own Koi Fish Jelly! Feel free to play around with the colors. If you want a clearer fish, you can omit the coconut milk

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CNY Koi Jelly

Moving on to the Best Part- The Recipe. 

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Koi Fish Jelly

Koi Fish Jelly
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A delicious Koi Jelly served during Chinese New Year (Makes 12 small Koi Fishes)

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, jelly
Cuisine: desserts
Keyword: agaragar, chinesenewyear, dessert, jelly
Servings: 4 people
  • 5g Agar Agar Powder
  • 200g Coconut Milk I use Ayam Brand
  • 200g Water
  • 50g Castor Sugar or more (To taste)
  • Orange/ Red/ Yellow Food Gel Wilton Brand
  • 12 Raisins ( Cut into two to make the eyes)
  1. In a medium saucepan, boil water, agar agar powder and sugar until fully melted

  2. Spoon 1 tbsp of the boiled jelly into a small container and throw in the raisins to coat completely

  3. Place raisins into the "eyes" of the Fish Jelly Moulds

  4. In another container, spoon 1 tbsp of boiled jelly and mix in the desired coloring

  5. Using a paintbrush, paint the insides of the Fish Jelly Moulds with the colored jelly

  6. Place Mould in the fridge to set for 5 mins

  7. While Jelly is setting in the fridge, Pour Coconut Milk into the remaining boiled jelly and boil. Let cool to lukewarm

  8. Remove Jelly Moulds from the fridge and pour coconut jelly over. Put back to fridge and set completely 

  9. Unmould the fishes from the Mould and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to add in a little flavouring or extract to the Jelly if desired

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Koi Fish Jelly


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