This is a very easy recipe to make that can be simplified even further if you need to save time. Try with a variety of fish until you get the texture you prefer. The flavour of this recipe will vary depending on which fish you use, as texture has such a great influence on the amount of saturation of flavour to a dish.
Vietnamese Fish Kebabs
450g firm white fish such as monkfish, snapper or grouper
1 onion – finely grated
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 ¼ inch (4cm) piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
5 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp shaoxing red wine (or mirin or sake)
2 spring onions finely chopped
½ bunch of fresh dill, picked and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3½ oz (100g) skinned raw peanuts, dry roasted until golden, then roughly crushed, to garnish
Lime wedges to serve
- Clean the fish, removing the bones and the skin (you could ask your fishmonger to do this). Cut the flesh into 1¼ (3cm) cubes, and put in a glass or ceramic bowl. Grate the onion using a cheese grater to form a rough pulp. In a bowl, mix the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Add the turmeric, 2 tbsp of the oil, fish sauce and rice wine, and stir to combine. Pour over the cubed fish, and marinate, covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- To make the basting sauce, heat the reaming 3 tbsp vegetable oil in a pan over a medium-high heat. Add the spring onions and dill. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse.
- Soak a handful of short bamboo skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes to avoid scorching. Heat a BBQ or ridged cast-iron pan until hot. Skewer the pieces of marinated fish onto the bamboo skewers. Season with salt and black pepper. Grill the kebabs or fish on the hot grill for 2 minutes on each side, basting with the spring onions and dill mixture while grilling. When they are cooked scatter with the crushed peanuts, and serve hot with lime wedges. Enjoy as always!
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