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Thai-style baked fish

Recipe from Just Cooking in association with Fresh Living


Just Cooking

BBC Lifestyle



• 2kg white-fleshed sustainable fish
• Basil leaves


• 60ml fish sauce
• 3 tbsp (45ml) fresh lime or lemon juice
• 1 tbsp (15ml) brown sugar
• 1 fat clove garlic, crushed
• 5cm knob fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
• 2 long red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
• ½ cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
• 2 carrots, cut into thin matchsticks
• 1 red or yellow pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
• 4 spring onions, sliced
• 125ml chopped fresh coriander
• Sesame oil

Preparation method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Score fish on both sides, and tuck a few basil leaves into the cuts.
  3. Loosely wrap fish in 2 large sheets of foil or baking paper. Seal edges, but leave enough room above the fish for air to circulate during cooking.
  4. Place fish on a baking tray and bake for 30-50 minutes, depending on the size of the fish.
  5. Bring fish sauce, lemon, sugar, garlic, ginger and chilli to the boil, and immediately remove from heat.
  6. Pour hot dressing over vegetables and marinate for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove fish from oven and transfer to a platter.
  8. Spoon vegetables and dressing over fish, and serve with a handful of coriander and a drizzle of sesame oil.