I gotta be honest that this Thai Chili Fish is an accidental recipe I created the night I had no idea what to cook for my husband’s dinner. However, it was such a big hit that ever since, we cannot get over this tangy-savory and spiciness of this dish. I got more, for those who are looking for diet-friendly recipe, I hear you! Who said diet food can’t be yummy?

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If you’re like me, you hate cilantro/coriander, this recipe might not suitable for you. I can handle cilantro as long as it’s cooked thoroughly that the scent is half-way gone, which I am doing in this recipe. I apologize for the cilantro-hater, but I cannot leave cilantro out of Thai-based recipe 🙁

Another point is, you can substitute fish with chicken. I did with shredded chicken (thigh chicken fillet), but you wanna make sure that you steam it, not fry or air-fry or boil them, as you wanna keep the flesh DELICATE. Also, THROW AWAY the excess water from the steam.

LAST, I promise, it’s the last, this is a stir-fry, means you gotta cook FAST : REAL FAST. You can see the Thai Chili Fish video tutorial in my instagram reels here.

Okay, here is the recipe! Give me a shout when you make this Thai Chili Fish!

Thai Chili Fish

Thai Chili Fish

Simple yet flavorful stir-fry easy dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Thailand



  • 1/2 lime , juice only


  • 200 grams seabass (optional with any white fish) sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 chilis sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  • Marinade the fish with lime juice for 15 minutes
  • Steam the fish until fully cooked and drain the water
  • Heat sesame oil, saute minced garlic, then add in the chopped chilis and cilantro. Quickly stir.
  • Add in fish sauce, lime juice and sugar
  • Put in the steamed fish, give a nice stir
  • Serve over steamed rice


  1. You can substitute sea bass with tilapia, barramundi, cod, snapper, etc. I also tried a couple of times with shredded chicken and it turned out excellent.
  2. If you want fresher cilantro, add them at the very last step.
  3. Do not forget to drain the steamed water from when you steamed the fish to get rid of that fishy odor.
  4. Sesame oil is A MUST for a little asian kick to pair with the cilantro.
Keyword Fish, Ikan, Main Course, Thai Food

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