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Snapper: Steamed Whole with Lime & Garlic

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You Need: (Serves 4)

  • 1 whole snapper (about 750g), cleaned
  • 2 stalks fresh lemon grass, chopped or 1 teaspon dried lemon grass soaked in hot water until soft
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 fresh green chilli, halved
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, crushed
  • 8 fresh coriander plants

Lime & Garlic Sauce

  • 2 fresh red chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 2 fresh green chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shredded fresh ginger
  • 250ml (1 cup) fish stock
  • 90ml (1/3 cup) lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce

 Method:

Cut deep diagonal slits in both sides of the fish. Place lemon grass, ginger, the halved green chilli, lime leaves and coriander plants in cavity of fish.
Half fill a wok with hot water. Bring to the boil. Place fish on a wire rack and place above water. Cover wok. Steam for 10-15 minutes or until flesh flakes when tested with a fork.
To make sauce, combine red and green chillies, garlic, finger, stock, lime juice and fish sauce in a small saucepan over a low heat. Bring to simmeringand simmer for 4 minutes.
To serve, transfer fish on to a serving plate. Spoon over sauce.