Lemongrass Fish with Asian Spices

Episode: 12
Title: Lemongrass Fish with Asian Spices
Broadcast: Nov 4th
Presenter: Russell Blaikie

Ingredients for 6:

  • 2 lemon grass stalks
  • 6 small fillets of fish, skin on and pin-bones out, I used perch fillets
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 red chili’s, finely sliced (keep one for garnishing)
  • 1 lime
  • Fish sauce
  • A piece of palm sugar
  • Some crushed roasted peanuts
  • Kaffir lime leaf finely sliced
  • Peanut oil for cooking


  • Cut the lemon grass stalks lengthways and smash with the back of a knife, place onto a large tray.
  • Place the fish fillets on top and sprinkle with the garlic, ginger, and chili and leave to marinate for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take the fish fillets off the lemongrass and drop skin-side down onto a medium-hot hotplate brushed with peanut oil. Cook for 1 minute to crisp skin, they might need a press with the back of your barbecue spatula to keep the skin from curling. Then turn over and cook another minute or so until cooked through.
  • Place onto a serving plate, zest the lime over the top then cut it in half and squeeze some juice over the fish, sprinkle with fish sauce, the extra sliced chili and a little grated palm sugar, then garnish with a sprinkle of peanuts and kaffir lime leaf.
  • Serve with a chilled glass of Crisp Semillon/sauvignon blanc from Australia’s South West region.

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