Steamed Fish With Lime and Garlic


  • One of my favorite things to order while in Thailand and it's surprisingly easy to make. Plus it's healthy!
  • Also called "pla neung manao"
  • Cook the fish in 5 minutes (8 if thawing) in an instant pot while you prepare the sauce

For the fish:
1 whole barramundi, about 1 - 2 kilos (or whatever size you can get), guts and gills already removed
5 stalks lemongrass, bottom half only, smashed, and cut into chunks

For the sauce / soup:
1 cup good chicken stock or fish stock (fresh or canned)
2 Tbsp finely chopped palm sugar
8 Tbsp lime juice
6 Tbsp fish sauce (here's my preferred fish sauce)
2 heads of garlic, chopped
Thai chilies to taste, finely chopped
20 - 25 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1- 2 stalks Chinese celery, cut into 1-inch pieces

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  • over 3 years ago by vince