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Striped Bass with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
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My husband and I enjoy food, but we hardly spend money on any fancy food unless it's on sale. Today though I splurged and bought some striped bass. I have seen some restaurants have striped bass in their menus, but I could not make my mind order it. At the Thai restaurant in Dallas where I used to work my husband would order the striped bass. It's still his favorite dish at that restaurant. When I saw a striped bass for a reasonable price, I immediately bought it without knowing what I would do with the fish.
Tips for Frying Striped Bass Fillets.
Cooking fish is very challenging. I am still intimidated most of the time when cooking fish recipes. It is such a delicate thing to do. I do a little extra research every time I cook fish. I want to make sure I know which method was the best for each kind of fish. It's a bit of pressure but a difficult task makes you a better cook.
After roaming on the internet, I got the idea the best way to fry my striped bass fillet without ruining it. I also got some inspiration for the best way to make it an original recipe using my favorite Thai ingredients. First, I put salt, 1-2 tablespoons, into a medium heat pan that I would use for cooking the fish. I spread salt all over the pan for few minutes until the salt turns to light yellow color. Then I remove salt from the pan. Instead of flipping the fish from one side to another side to make both sides cooked, I used a spoon and scooped the hot oil in the pan and poured over the fish until it cooked. As a result, my fish came out in one piece with skin on it, not in the pan.
Since I had spent so much time and energy cooking the fish, I needed something easy to de-stress my cooking anxiety. I chose to make a simple Thai sweet chili sauce for my beautiful striped bass fillet. All you need is a bottle of sweet chili sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, and some vegetables to add to the sauce. Jalapeno is one of the vegetables I chose for this recipe because the sweet chili sauce is quite sweet. I wanted to add a little spice to it.
Cost and Presentation
You can find this recipe or something similar in Thai or Chinese restaurant, and it would be $30 and up depends on the fish size (they serve a whole fish at the restaurant). I only spent about $19 for this recipe. Btw, the striped bass was a whole fish when I bought it. To make it easier and more presentable for my American husband, I sliced the meat and left the head and bone behind.
- • 2 Striped Bass Fillets, about 0.7 lb
- • 2 oz. thinly sliced red bell pepper
- • 3 green onion stalks, cut 2 inches long
- • 4 thinly sliced garlic gloves
- • 1 unseeded thinly sliced jalapeno
- • ¾ Thai sweet chili sauce
- • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- • ½ tablespoon vinegar
- • 1 tablespoon olive oil for the sauce
- • 3-4 tablespoon olive oil to fry the fish
- Heat a pan on medium then add salt.
- Stir salt all over the pan for few minutes or until it turns light yellow.
- Remove the salt from the pan and add olive oil on it.
- Place the Striped Bass Fillet on a pan and fry it about 5 minutes or it reaches 145 degrees.
- Remove the fish to a plate.
- Heat a small saucepan on medium and add olive oil.
- Add garlic in hot oil when the garlic is turning to light gold, then add Thai sweet chili sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, and the vegetables.
- Cook the sauce until it's bubbling.
- Pour the sauce over fried Striped Bass Fillet.
- Serve it with brown rice, quinoa, or steamed vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower.
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