Read about Daily Cooking Quest. In hot oil, fry the holy basil leaves until crispy. Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Oh that Thai sweet chili sauce sounds so perfect!!! I thought not over sautéing the vegetables was key. I really loved the sweet and savory - a hint of sweetness with the heat from the sauce with the crispiness (both taste and texture) from the fish. My family loves fish and spicy food so I'll have to make this. Darlene Schmidt is a cookbook author and culinary teacher who specializes in Thai cuisine. I think this version of sweet and sour sauce is also so much easier to prepare compared to traditional sweet and sour sauce. This sauce is similar to sweet and sour sauce, but with a spicy kick. Made this tonight and it was perfect! but the addition of the fresh tomato/onion/garlic is a significant improvement to the flavor and presentation of the fish. When you are busy but crave for an easy pan-fried fish with a simple sweet and sour sauce, look no further than this recipe for pan-fried fish with Thai sweet chili sauce. I can't wait to try this here at home. I hope this clears up the misunderstanding. I was looking for something nice and tangy with a little kick. Fish wrapped in banana leaf will require a dish or tray, as a banana leaf is porous. To make Thai sweet chili sauce, you will need the following ingredients: Along with garlic, onion, tomato, salt, and sugar. Grill fish 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of the fish, and how hot your grill is). If you prefer a more authentic approach, bake your fish in banana leaves instead of aluminum foil. Set aside in a serving plate. ), The Spruce Eats uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Add tomato. Mix well. It seems like we are simply stretching the ingredient. Adjust taste as needed. Loving the Thai Sweet sauce on this fish!! I thought the flavor of the sauce was outstanding. Place fish on a large piece of aluminum foil or banana leaf. I haven't had it on fish but I'm sure it is amazing. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan on medium high and pan fry fish fillets until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Your comment is awaiting moderation. Compared to other sweet sauce recipes, I'd say this is one of the easier ones. It's just too good. This chili sauce pairs perfectly with tilapia, yum! In making your Thai sweet Chile sauce, you suggest adding 1/3 cup of Thai sweet chile sauce. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the fish with fresh coriander and basil. I love the sweet chili sauce with it - such a great combination of flavours. I have lots of tilapia in the freezer so this is perfect. Banana leaves will become quite brown and fragrant. Fold up each end and scrunch to secure. Sprinkle fish fillet with salt and pepper, then coat with flour. I usually just use it straight from the jar, but I love all your tasty additions! Mix well, and cook for another minute. Add chopped cilantro and scallions into the sauce. A variety of white-fleshed fish can be used, including red snapper, gray mullet, rainbow trout, tilapia, or whatever you have that's fresh and good. Stir all sauce ingredients together in a bowl. :). To finish the fish, remove from oven and open up the foil, scrunching it around the fish to create a kind of bowl. Make your favorite takeout recipes at home with our cookbook! If using frozen fish, be sure to thaw it thoroughly before cooking. Place fish on a cutting board and score it by making vertical cuts an inch or more apart along the length of fish from head to tail. This looks absolutely delicious. Allow fish to cook for at least 5 minutes before turning it the first time—otherwise, the skin may stick to the grill and tear. Very tasty sauce! Garnish with cilantro or parsley and lemon wedges. For a more all out fine dining experience, or when you are feeling fancy, you can also use red snapper, cod, or halibut. © Ruthie A Knudsen Like any good sweet and sour sauce, if you happen to like this sauce, feel free to use it with chicken, pork, or even tofu. Heat about 2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan (use the same unwashed pan to fry fish) on medium high heat and sauté garlic and onion until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Use remaining sauce to baste as your barbecue, or pour over fish right before serving. If fish still needs more time, return to your oven for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked. 2 tablespoon fish sauce; 1 tablespoon palm sugar; 1/3 cup kaffir lime leaves, cut into thin hair thick stripes; 1 long fresh red chili, cut into julienne strips; Method. Mix well. Mix well, and cook for another minute. If you are like me, you will want to make this sauce again and again and pair it with just about anything. Add Thai sweet chili sauce, water, chili sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, salt, and sugar. I've been using that Thai sweet chili sauce every time since I tried it. Set aside. Bake for 20 minutes or longer, depending on the size and thickness of your fish. (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Hi Russell, we are not trying to make a Thai sweet chili sauce in this recipe. Try to keep the foil off the surface of the fish, making a kind of shallow tent over it. Why are we adding Thai sweet chile sauce as an ingredient to make the same finished product. Mix well. Be sure to spoon some into the cuts you've made, as well as into the underside cavity. While fresh whole fish is usually grilled outdoors in Thailand, in certain parts of North America we often have to come up with alternate cooking methods due to weather conditions. Just what I have been looking for. 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