Fried Fish with Oriental Pesto

Fried Fish with Oriental Pesto

Are you a huge fan of pesto? Experience a completely different take on a familiar favorite in this Fried Fish with Oriental Pesto recipe, which gets its kick from ginger, chili, fish sauce and Vietnamese mint.


  • 4 5-ounce white fish fillets (dhufish, snapper, red emperor, grouper, cod)
  • olive oil for frying
  • 7/10 cup peanut oil
  • 1 4/5 ounce raw peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons minced green chillies
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons holy basil
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese mint
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Cook the peanuts in the peanut oil until they are golden.
  2. Drain, reserving oil.
  3. Blend peanuts with ginger, chilli and garlic in a mortar or food processor.
  4. Add the herbs and half the reserved oil and blend to a paste.
  5. Add sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and continue blending.
  6. Add oil slowly until all has been used.
  7. Fry fish until just cooked.
  8. Serve with vegetables and a topping of pesto.

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