Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Thai Fried Tilapia in Chili Sauce

Thai Fried Tilapia in Chili Sauce or "Pla Rad Prik" in Thai. This dish can be made with any kind of fish that you have in hand like catfish, grouper, sea bass or salmon. Usually, we like to make with whole fish. I don't have whole fish tonight, I made with boneless tilapia which made a great dinner also. The main chili sauce is made from tamarind concentrate. This was very tasty with salty, spicy, sour and sweet.

1) 0.95 Lb. Boneless Tilapia
2) 3/4 cup oil

Ingredients for the sauce
1) 6 cloves garlic
2) 3 shallots
3) 14 fresh chilies
4) 2 Tbsp tamarind concentrate
5) 1 1/2 Tbsp palm sugar
6) 1/8 tsp salt
7) 1 Tbsp canola oil
8) 10 sprigs cilantro
9) 2 Tbsp fish sauce
10) 3/4 cup water

Preparation for the tilapia:

1) Clean tilapia and pat it to dry.
2) Heat 3/4 cup oil in a wok on medium heat.
3) When the oil is hot, fry tilapia on a wok.
4) Fry until the tilapia is golden brown on one side.
5) Then turn another side down to fry.
6) When it is crispy then remove from the oil to drain on paper tower. And fry rest of the fish.

Preparation for the sauce:
1) Peel shallots and garlic, pick the fresh chilies from the stems and wash them very well. Wash dirt from cilantro too.
2) Chop garlic and shallots.
3) Cut stem of cilantro into small pieces. Normally, I prefer to use root of cilantro but I don't have it today.
4) Use mortar and pestle to grind the fresh chilies and stems of cilantro with salt.

6) Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in the pan on medium heat.
7) When the oil is hot, add chopped garlic.
8) Add chopped onion.
9) Stir-fried until fragrant.
10) Add ground fresh chilies.
11) Add water, tamarind concentrate, palm sugar, fish sauce.
12) Stir until all ingredients get mix and remove from heat. Bring to pour on top of fried tilapia and garnish with cilantro before serve. Enjoy !


  1. Hi Ms Oleski. I've tried this recipe!! It's delicious!! My family loves it.
    Thank You :)

    Ilianee Azman
    Kuala Lumpur

  2. Hi llianee, that is very nice to hear that. I love to hear my blog is usful for you. Very welcome :-)
    Keep try some more recipe okay? I would like to go to Kuala Lumpur someday.. Keep in touch and maybe we can meet someday :-)

  3. Yup. I definitely will try more. I've put up the picture of this dish at my blog( But I use pomfret fish instead of tilapia & I've also tried 2 other recipes of yours. Delicious as well! :)

    Do let me know if you're coming to Kuala Lumpur! would love to meet u in person :)

  4. That would be nice to meet new frined another side of the world :-) Here is my facebook. I always post new recipes on Facebook!/pages/Amporns-Thai-Kitchen/117929281576949