Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs

Whether you want to fry the whole fish or just fish fillet, don’t forget to make it Thai style. Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs delivers all the zesty goodness you’d expect from a Thai classic, prepared right in your own kitchen.

Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs
Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs

Can I Use Any Type of Fish?

Absolutely! While this recipe yields fantastic results with white-fleshed fish like Tilapia, Bass, or Milkfish, and snakehead fish feel free to experiment with your favorites. Just ensure the fish has a firm texture that holds up well during frying. Make sure to scale and gut the fish then pat dry if using the whole fish.

Tilapia and Milk Fish
Tilapia and Milk Fish

What’s in the Lime Sauce?

The magic of Thai Fried Fish lies in its simple yet incredibly flavorful sauce. I combine the savory punch of fish sauce with the sweetness of sugar and the tanginess of fresh lime juice. Thai chilies add a touch of heat, while additional herbs like lemongrass, shallots, ginger, mint, and cilantro elevate the dish to a whole new level.

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Lime Sauce and Batter Ingredients
Lime Sauce and Batter Ingredients

What to Serve It with?

This dish pairs beautifully with fluffy steamed rice, soaking up all the delicious sauce. To complete the meal, add a side of boiled eggs for a satisfying protein boost. You can also get creative and serve it alongside a refreshing green salad.

Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Boiled Eggs
Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Boiled Eggs

Similar Dishes

If you have been following my recipes, you may recognize that putting aside the extra herbs, this dressing is the same with my “Yum Woon Sen“. You’ll love how savory the glass noodle salad can get. Moreover, if you love the fragrance of lemongrass, don’t forget to try my lemongrass chicken lettuce wrap and lemongrass chicken bowl.

Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs

Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs

Mary Thatcher
Whether you want to fry the whole fish or just fish fillet, don't forget to make it Thai style. Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Mixed Herbs delivers all the zesty goodness you'd expect from a Thai classic, prepared right in your own kitchen.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine thai, Thai Inspire
Servings 3 serving

Equipment

  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

Mixed Flour for Coating the Fish
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch (or tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Fish
  • 6 fish fillets I used Tilapia and Milkfish in this recipe, but any white flesh fish works well (or 2 whole fish).
  • vegetable oil (for frying. I recommend filling the pan with oil at least half an inch of the pan.)
Sauce and Herbs
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 4 tbsp lime juice (fresh)
  • 4 Thai chilies (chopped)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 knob ginger diced
  • 1 lemongrass thinly sliced
Additional Herbs and Vegetables
  • ½ cup mint
  • 5 cilantro

Instructions
 

Make the Mixed Flour, Coat the Fish, and Fry.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, rice flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. This ensures all the dry ingredients are evenly distributed and aerated, resulting in a lighter final product.
  • Dredge the fish and heat the oil. Dredge the fish in the prepared flour mixture, making sure it gets coated evenly. Shake off any excess flour.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (℉). To check if the oil is hot enough, carefully dip a chopstick or fork into the oil. If small bubbles start to form and rise around the utensil, the oil is ready for frying.
  • Carefully add the fish fillets (or whole fish) to the hot oil. Avoid overcrowding the pan – fry in batches if necessary. Resist the urge to flip frequently! The fish cooks best when left undisturbed to achieve a crispy golden crust. After 5-6 minutes for fillets or 9-10 minutes for a whole fish, gently peek underneath to check for browning. Once golden brown and cooked through, carefully flip the fish.
Make the Lime Sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine fish sauce, sugar, fresh lime juice, and chopped Thai chilies together.
  • Chop shallot, lemongrass, and dice ginger as well as some lime and add to the sauce. See the video for clarification.
Assemble and Serve
  • Transfer the cooked fish to a serving plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Drizzle generously with the prepared lime sauce, ensuring it coats the entire fish.Arrange steamed rice, boiled eggs, and your choice of fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, etc.) or vegetables alongside the fish.Dive in and enjoy your delicious Thai Fried Fish!

Video

@stickyricethaikitchen

Thai Fried Fish with Lime Sauce and Herbs Ingredients ⬇️ Mixed Flour for Coating the Fish 1 cup flour ¼ cup corn starch or tapioca flour ¼ cup rice flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt Fish 6 fish fillets (or 2 whole fish) vegetable oil (for frying. I recommend filling the pan with oil at least half an inch of the pan.) Sauce and Herbs 4 tbsp fish sauce 4 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar) 4 tbsp lime juice (fresh) 4 Thai chilies (chopped) 1 shallot 1 knob ginger diced 1 lemongrass thinly sliced Additional Herbs and Vegetables ½ cup mint 5 cilantro Full recipe, tips, and measurements conversion from www.stickyricethaikitchen.com #fish#friedfish#fishfry#thaifood#dinnerideas#easydinnerideas#fillet#thaicuisine

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