Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Fish In Lemongrass Sauce Recipe

(Ca Uop Xa)

Zesty lemongrass cooked with garlic, shallots and fresh chilies makes an appetizing combination, and a wonderful flavor companion for fish.

Ingredients : Serves 4 - 6

2 stalks

3 cloves


1/4 teaspoon

2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

750 g (1 1/2 Ib)

5 tablespoons

2 sprigs

Lemongrass, thinly sliced then minced

Garlic, peeled and minced

Chilies, diced

Freshly ground black pepper

Fish sauce


Curry or turmeric powder

whole fish, such as red snapper or sea bass


Fresh coriander (cilantro), coarsely chopped

Method :
  • Combine the lemongrass, garlic, chilies, black pepper, fish sauce, sugar and curry / turmeric powder in a large, flat container.

  • Place the fish on a flat surface and using a sharp knife, score it at 2 1/2 cm (1 in) intervals form gills to tail on each side.

  • Place the fish in the container, making sure to coat it evenly with the marinade mixture.

  • Set aside for 1 hour.

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

  • Place the fish in the skillet, browning it well on one side, about 7 minutes.

  • Turn it over and brown the other side.

  • Remove it from the heat and place it on a serving platter.

  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

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