▷ Thai Lime & Garlic Steamed Fish
Serve with Thai jasmine rice for a flavor-packed low-fat meal.
▷ Thai-Style Steamed Fish | The Brand Decò
By The Brand Decò
Recipe Category: Fish
Recipe Cuisine: Thai
Whenever Ying and I go to a Thai seafood restaurant, one of the frequent dishes we order is pla kapong neung manao (ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว) – a steamed barramundi fish, in a sauce (or more like a soup) made with lots of fresh lime juice, garlic, and chilies. It’s a marvelous Thai steamed fish dish, and being sour, spicy, garlicky, and well balanced in taste, it’s a Thai dish that really portrays the contrast and excitement of flavors in Thai food. The great news is… this recipe is quite easy to make, as long as you can get a fresh fish. Let’s get started.
- 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised and cut in half
- 2 x 200g white fish fillets (e.g. barramundi, snapper, cod, halibut)
- lime slices, to serve
- coriander leaves to serve
- 1 red chili, finely sliced, to serve
- sea salt
- steamed rice to serve
- 4 birds’ eye chilies, roughly chopped
- 2 coriander roots, roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup chicken or fish stock
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp sugar
1. For the spicy lime and garlic sauce, use a mortar and pestle to pound the chilies, coriander roots, garlic and salt to a rough paste. Transfer to a bowl and mix with the stock, fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar.
2. Place the lemongrass on a plate large enough to fit your pieces of fish but small enough to fit into your wok or a large deep frying pan with a lid. Place the fish on top of the lemongrass. Season the fish with salt.
3. Fill your wok or frying pan about ¼ full with water and bring to a simmer. Make a trivet out of foil by scrunching it up into a rough cylinder and coiling it around into a circle. Use tongs to place the foil trivet into the simmering water. Place the plate of fish on top of the foil and push down to secure (the water level should be below the plate). Cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid and pour the spicy lime and garlic sauce over the fish. Replace the lid and steam for a further 6-7 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
4. Carefully remove the plate of fish from the pan. Garnish with lime slices, coriander and chilli slices. Serve with steamed rice.
Yield: Serves 2
Fat: 7 g
Fat: 7 g
Average Rating: 5.0fish, steam, garlic, lime, salt, thai