Turmeric fish with nam pla prik

Turmeric fish with nam pla prik
Turmeric fish with nam pla prik Photo: Jennifer Soo

Mai Busayarat can be found at the restaurant Rambutan, where she offers polished Thai food on a scuffed stretch of Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, Sydney.


1 knob fresh turmeric

5 cloves garlic

1 tbsp black pepper

4-5 coriander roots, washed and scraped

2 tbsp sea salt

1 whole barramundi (about 400g), cleaned and scaled

500mL vegetable oil

Nam pla prik dressing

4 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

2 eschalots, finely sliced

3 small red chillies, finely chopped


Combine turmeric, garlic, pepper, coriander roots and salt in a mortar and pestle and pound to a paste.

Spread over both sides of the barramundi and rest for 10 minutes.

Heat enough oil in a wok to cover fish and cook over medium heat until skin is crisp and barramundi is cooked on both sides.

Combine dressing ingredients.

Serve fish with nam pla prik dressing.