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Thai Fish Recipes You'll Love!

Top Fish Recipes from the Thai Kitchen


If you like fish, you're going to love these flavorful Thai fish recipes. Whether you're frying, baking, or grilling, you'll find the perfect recipe for your fish right here!


1. Pan-Fried Salmon with Tangy Thai Sauce


This salmon recipe is melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Fillets of marinated salmon are pan-fried or grilled / barbecued, searing in the flavors and omega-3 goodness of the fish. The salmon is then served with a tangy Thai lemongrass-honey sauce that marries perfectly with salmon's natural flavors. A healthy, delicious, and easy recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes. Great for an everyday dinner entree that even your kids will love.

2. Special Thai Orange Fish Soup

Thai Orange Soup

This beautiful soup is similar to hot & sour soup, but better! In Thai, it's known as "Geng Som Pla" - which actually means Orange Fish Curry" - an ancient recipe from the Central Plains region of Thailand. It is a fiery-hot soup with both sour and sweet overtones that make for a lively combination, especially when paired with your choice of fish and/or seafood.

3. Fillet of Fish Baked in Banana Leaf (or Foil/Parchment Paper)

Fish in Banana Leaf
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/15/08

You'll love this tender and wonderful-tasting Thai-style baked fish! Slathered in a fragrant basil curry sauce, the fish is then wrapped in banana leaves (or tin foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven. Coconut rice makes an excellent optional accompaniment (recipe included), or serve with regular rice or potatoes. Nearly any type of fish will work in this recipe, including salmon, red snapper, cod, sole, etc...) An easy and healthy fish recipe that's also fun to make, and the taste is truly gourmet. Enjoy!

4. Easy Fish Curry

Fantastic (and Easy) Fish Curry!

This fish curry tastes so delectable, you won't believe how fast and easy it is - ready in just 20 minutes! Fillets of fish (any type, fresh or frozen) are simmered in a rich Thai curry sauce. Includes vegetables for a healthy one-pot dish. Like all curries, this fish curry makes excellent leftovers as well as hot lunches to take to work. A nice dish any time of year, but particularly warming during cool weather. And it's ready in just 20 minutes!

5. Thai Fish Cakes (Easy!)

Easy Thai Fish Cakes
D.Schmidt for About.com
If you enjoy crab cakes, you'll love Thai fish cakes! They're more flavorful than most Western fish cake recipes, plus they're easier to make. You can serve them as an everyday dinner dish together with rice or over salad, and they're also terrific for a party (as pictured here) because they are small enough to serve as a finger food. Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping, and see how fast they disappear!


6. Classic Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 04/14/10

These classic Thai fish cakes are surprisingly easy to make and are excellent served with rice and a special side sauce (included with recipe).  If you like true Thai flavors, you'll love these flavorful fish cakes!

7. Whole Fish with Garlic-Chili Sauce (Grilled or Baked)

Thai Whole Baked Fish
Copyright D.Schmidt

While fresh whole fish is usually grilled outdoors in Thailand, here in North America we often have to come up with alternate cooking methods owing to weather conditions. To accommodate both indoor and outdoor methods, here's a fish recipe that can either be baked/broiled indoors, OR barbecued outside. Either way, this fish is spectacular looking AND tasting! A variety of fish can be used in this recipe, including red snapper, gray mullet, rainbow trout, or tilapia. If you prefer a more authentic approach, bake your fish in banana leaves instead of tin foil. ENJOY!

8. Thai Coconut Fish (Pan-Fried)

Thai Coconut Fish
Exquisite Thai Coconut Fish!, Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

If you're a fish fan, you'll love Thai Coconut Fish! This dish requires a little extra time for prep, but the actual cooking is very fast and easy. Any type of white-fleshed fish fillet or steak may be used, including halibut, snapper, talapia, basa, cod, sole, etc...

9. Classic Thai Whole Fish, Grilled or Fried

Thai Whole Fish
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

This excellent recipe for whole fish can either be fried or grilled (the one pictured here was fried). In Thailand, small whole fish are used for this dish, so I usually use either a few rainbow trout (one per person), or whole snapper - in both cases, the taste is just as I remember it from the beaches of Thailand. Simply marinate the fish in fish sauce, then fry or grill it (instructions for both methods included). Pour a special Thai sauce overtop, and serve - Mmmmm...!!

10. Easy Baked Salmon with Black Bean Sauce

Easy Baked Salmon with Black Bean Sauce

This Chinese-inspired baked salmon is gourmet-delicious, yet extremely easy to make. You'll love how the rich-tasting black bean sauce enhances the exquisite flavor of the salmon. This baked fish recipe also works with other types of fish, such as cod, sole, snapper, or halibut - all healthy and safe seafood choices (either fresh or frozen). This easy baked fish is superb for everyday meals, but also wonderful enough to serve to a taste-discerning crowd. ENJOY!

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