Recipe: Thai Fishie

Heeere fishie, fishie!!  As a pescatarian, one of my major sources of protein is fish and one of my fave fishies of all time is red snapper.  To be more specific, I love it Thai style - garlic, basil, soy and fish sauce.  Most Thai restaurants will fry their whole fish to get the crispy exterior, but this recipe bakes and then broils to get that yummy crunch.  

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2-4 (depends on Fishie's size)

Ingredients (*denotes ingredients shared for fish and the marinade)

  • Fish Prep Ingredients:
    • 1-2 whole red snapper (with head on! ask the monger to de-scale/gut it for you)
    • *Handful of (preferably Thai) basil
    • *5-6 small whole Thai chilies (or Asian chili sauce with seeds)
    • *4 cloves of garlic, very roughly chopped
  • Sauce/Marinade Ingredients:
    • *Handful of chopped (preferably Thai) basil
    • *5-6 cut Thai chilies (or Asian chili sauce with seeds)
    • 4 tbsp of oyster sauce
    • 4 tbsp of soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
    • *6 cloves of garlic chopped fine
    • 2 tbsp of brown sugar (or honey works too)
    • Juice of a whole lime
    • Pepper to taste

Steps to Goodness:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Prepare the sauce in a mixing bowl (doesn't matter what order it all goes in)
  3. Score the fish on both sides by cutting long slits about 1 inch apart from the head to tail 
  4. Prepare the foil wraps on a baking sheet (make sure the sheets are long enough to tent over the fish)
  5. Place the fish in the foil wraps and start to stuff the fish with the Thai basil, whole chilies, roughly chopped garlic
  6. Drizzle 3 tbsp (or more) on each fish (make sure to get sauce into the slits!)
  7. Tent the foil over the fish (try your best to not let the top of the tent touch the fishy)
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the flesh in the slits look cooked 
  9. To finish the fish, remove from oven and open up the foil, scrunching it around the fish to create a kind of bowl
  10. Pour remaining marinade/sauce over fish and return to the oven. Turn oven on "Broil" setting, and broil for 5-8 minutes, or until the fish is nicely browned and crisp-looking (like barbecue fish)

Gooood Fishie!!!  Enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you!!!


Nice Fishie - gutted and de-scaled

Nice Fishie - gutted and de-scaled

All done and ready to please!

All done and ready to please!