Ginger & Basil Red Snapper

(4 servings)

This is my favorite go to when I do not have much time, but am still craving for a delicious restaurant quality dish. Quick and easy with deep flavors!


  • 1 whole red snapper
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon mirin
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 2 inches ginger
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 cup fresh Thai basil
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar


Place the fresh, clean red snapper in a baking tray. Make slits in the fish on both sides. I usually do this so the fish better absorbs the sauce. In a cup, mix the soy, fish, mirin and water. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and stir well to dissolve in the mixture. Depending on your level of sweetness you could add another teaspoon of sugar. Peel and chop the fresh ginger. Sprinkle judiciously on the fish and add some in the slits open side.

Do the same with the basil. You could chop the basil if you like but I just prefer to pluck the leaves of the stem and add them in whole. Slit and deseed the chili and add to the baking tray. Pour half the sauce mixture over and inside the fish and bake for 20 minutes at 400 F. Now add the remaining sauce and broil 10 minutes.

Serve with white or brown rice.

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