Monday, May 27, 2013

Thai Crispy Fish

Thai Crispy Fish. Thai again and fish again? Well, what can I say? Thai food forever a tremendous food killer in my house and fish of course, oh-god, do I have to repeat myself again? I think you know it (Thai Steamed Fish, Teochew Steamed Fish, Hong Kong Style Steamed Cod Fish, Steamed White Pompret & Chilli Lime Fish). Obviously too, Thai cuisine is not something new for me. I sort of have not only belted the essential Thai cooking technics, but also the required Thai ingredients for the splattering and profound tastes (Tom Yam Goong, Tom Kha Ghai, Spicy Thai Noodles, Thai Fish Noodle Soup, Thai Vegetable Curry & Shrimp Pad Thai Salad). This Thai Crispy Fish? Another, the other style to how a Thai fish dish should be? Sauce made from the quintessential Thai ingredients like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, fish sauce and soy sauce, tipped over crispy fried threadfin/ikan kurau fish (Crispy Chilli Fish).

1 piece (about 300g) threadfin/ikan kurau 
1 tsp ginger paste
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

1 lemon grass - slice thinly
4 shallots - slice thinly
1 red/birds eye chili - slice thinly
1/4 inch ginger - chopped
3-4 sprigs of mint leaves - just the leaves
3-4 kaffir lime leaves - slice thinly
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tbsp lime juice
Salt if needed

Rub ginger and salt over the fish.
Deep fry fish, dish out and place on a plate.
Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Sauté shallots, ginger, lemongrass and chili.
Pour in soy sauce and fish sauce; add salt (if needed), sugar, lime juice and 3-4 tbsp of water.
Let it simmer and drop in mint and lime leaves.
Stir and pour sauce atop fish. 


  1. wow it looks so colorful.. so tempting and delicious..

  2. Nava, I don't think think your passion will dry up. I guess some days (to take the words from a song) are diamonds and some days are stones! But I love going through your pictures and your recipes. If I had a hard day at work I doubt I'd be even inspired to post!!

    This dish looks mouth-watering!:)

  3. I like this type of dishes. Because normally they gives a mixture of taste! Especially when it gives a spicy kick

  4. this looks so colorful... i agree to u on meetings... sometimes, i prefer to call it as chair-warming sessions!!!

  5. i'm drooling over this delicious Thai fish,my mouth watering right now :) looks so delicious and your pictures tell them all "YUMMYLICIOUS" weldone Nava, I can wait to cook this fish recipe :)

  6. Hi Nava, your fish look extremely good, I need extra rice please.:)
    Very flavorful, I can practically smell the scent from here. LOL
    Nice pictures.

    Have a great week ahead. Regards.

  7. Hey Nava, your fish is always good after a tiring meeting. I am hungry for some thai food now. the fish looks so delicious with the sauce poured in.

  8. Oh My, looks gourmet styled and cooked to perfection. I love the herbs all over the saucy fish!! Nice clicks! Mackerel = full of omega 3! Your picture makes me wanna become non-vegetarian for sure and kinda kicks in the thought of what all I'm missing!!

    And abt meetings!! Shucks, not a single one is productive, waste of time! I would rather prefer a stand-up meeting with the immediate team for 5 minutes than sitting in a conference room an yapping about unwanted problems and risks which we are not facing at all, they call it forecast, Phew - I think it is the same everywhere around the world! We just have to get on with it or try to switch! I know, easy to say but very hard in reality!! Yet another day in the rising...

  9. I could feel the flavor and the crispiness of the fish.lovely clicks.

  10. Love that Thai fish and the half moon plate :)

  11. Lovely dish, fish is a delicious and healthy meal, I like the vegetables they add great color! Makes it come alive:)

  12. Like you i really hate meeting.people get so argumentative & all the focus is lost.
    Storing has become a necessity if u r working.

    Fish looks tempting & delicious

  13. Thai fish looks awesome and flavorful! :)

  14. MMmm....yum...would love to have this

  15. Wow! Loved this thai style fish.. I've never tried anything with Thai flavours ever.. Bookmarked this Nava :-)

  16. I love thai food and ur preparation looks very tempting !

  17. A few weeks ago I tried lemongrass in rice and loved its flavor now its time to use it in fish or chicken. Your recipe for the thai style fish with a simple sauce makes it an incredibly delicious, quick and healthy meal.

  18. I love the preparation of this fish, it looks fantastic :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Appetizing! Anything with lime or lemon is always appetizing for me:D

  20. Looks really yummy Nava. Thai is one of my fav cuisine. Yummy

  21. i love the colors in thai cuisine...the flavors aren't too shabby, either. :)

  22. Hey this looks lovely..and i loved your bowl, nice shape..

  23. Very delicious. Will try this one day.

  24. I wish I could have a bowl now yum.

  25. I love Thai. I love fish and this looks so delicious. Bookmarked!


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