Redfish, Red Drum, is a large fish that is common off the gulf coast of the United States. It is also called a red drum and is one of the biggest fish you can catch, year-round here. It is also a delicious fish that will make you and your guests feel special. It’s often sold as one of the higher-end items at fancy restaurants here. Thai basil redfish is a delicious way to make your guests feel like they are at a 5-star restaurant with healthy ingredients to boot.
We live on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico so we are big fans of the fresh fish we can get here. This redfish cost us a hefty $30 but you can get it way cheaper or catch it yourself. A pro tip you absolutely don't want to mess up is having an appropriate means of transporting the fish. I recommend ziplock bags with a cooler of some kind and ice. Fresh fish juice got on my carpet in my car and it fermented and smelled like a trash can for days. I sprayed all manner of air freshener in my car and it caused the plastic coating to peel off the dash, causing hundreds of dollars in damage to my beautiful car. Be warned, Redfish smells like absolute hell if you don't transport it right.
Simple Ingredients for this Recipe
Thai Basil Redfish
- Mortar and Pestle or blender
- 2 lb Fish Redfish Fillets
- ½ tsp salt To rub the fish
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 10 Garlic Cloves
- 10 Thai Peppers Fresh whole peppers
- 1 Bell Pepper Red, sliced into strips
- 2 cups Thai basil Fresh, regular basil will work if you can't find Thai but will taste different
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp Oyster sauce
- 1 tsp liquid aminos we used coconut aminos
- 1 cup water or you can use stock
- ½ tsp stevia
- Sprinkle the salt on both sides of the fish fillets
- Add 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet heated to medium-high
- Cook fish on both sides until golden brown around the edges
- Set the fish aside on a plate
Make the sauce
- Crush the garlic and Thai peppers using a mortar and pestle or blender
- 2 tbsp olive oil in a wok
- Stir-fry the garlic and Thai peppers in the oil left from the fish
- Add the bell peppers to the stir-fry and stir fry for 2 more minutes more or less
- Add the fish sauce, low sodium soy sauce, oyster sauce, liquid aminos, stevia
- Mix all the ingredients together and let cook for another minute
- Add the basil leaves and cup of water
- Let the sauce cook for another 2-3 minutes on high heat
- Remove from the heat, Plate the fish and serve with the sauce poured over the fish.
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We like whole foods, avoid the processed ingredients approach. What is healthy for us may not be healthy for you though as your situation is fact-dependent.
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When it comes to food safety, When in doubt, throw it out if you think an ingredient is questionable.
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