Competition Entry

Spicy Citrus Whole Red Emperor

By Martin Levins
Spicy Citrus Whole Red Emperor
5 votes

Crispy & tasty whole Fish, for 4-6 persons.

Cuisine :

Thai

Ingredients :

1/4 cup of Black peppercorns
12 cloves of garlic
2 x red onions
1/4 cup of fresh galangal
1/4 cup coriander root
10 red chillies
1/2 cup Squid fish sauce
1/2 cup shaved palm sugar
1 cup tamarind purée
1 cup coriander leaves for garnish
Small amount of SR flour to coat fish
Whole fish, cleaned and descaled

Cooking Steps :

Chop then grind garlic, onions, galangal and coriander root with peppercorns until you have a thick paste.
Finely chop chillies, add to paste then fry in a wok until fragrant. (1-2 minutes)
Add fish sauce, tamarind purée and palm sugar, and simmer for a couple of minutes for the flavours to meld, check the balance of flavours, then set sauce aside but keep warm.
Sprinkle a dusting of flour over the fish.
Heat 1L peanut or rice bran oil in a wok until smoking.
Place fish in the wok, and ladle oil over the top side, flip fish after 10 or so minutes (dependent on size) and cook for a further 5-8 minutes (test flesh for flaking with a fork to check doneness).
Place fish on a serving platter, pour same over and dress with chopped coriander.

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