Main Dishes

Thai 3 flavoured fish

This is one of Marion Grasby’s recipes, her videos and explanations are just so mouth-watering and she is one of the few chefs I follow on IG. Check for the full step by step video on her website.

Some of you have said its easier for you to follow the recipe through my website so here is a quick short summary of Thai 3 sauce (spicy, sour, sweet) fish with my take on it!

Thai 3 flavoured Fish

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Cuisine: Thai Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 7-10 mins


  • 1 lb/500 g salmon/cod/sea bass/haddock
  • half tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • oil for shallow frying
  • Sauce
  • 3 small red chillies (or 2 tsp good quality chillie sauce)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbs tamarind paste
  • 2 tbs brown sugar or honey
  • half tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • Garnish
  • half a lime
  • 1 tbs fresh coriander sliced
  • some sliced spring onions (optional)



Wash the fish under cold water, pat dry and cut into 2 in/5 cm pieces.


Sprinkle with salt and lime juice - keep aside for 10 mins


Place the flour in a flat plate, dip each fish piece into the flour, turning and pressing until it is fully covered with flour.


Coat a non-stick frying pan with some oil, heat to medium and place a few pieces of fish into the oil, when one side turns brown, turn over carefully and brown the other side, remove into a plate. Repeat until all pieces have been shallow fried. Discard any left over oil


Gently place all the fried fish back into the frying pan in a single layer and keep aside.


Add all the ingredients for the sauce into a chopper, pulse a couple of times until mixture is coarsely ground. Taste the sauce and adjust to your liking.


Remove the sauce into a pan, add half a cup of water and bring to a boil keep on a rolling boil for 2 - 3 minutes and switch off.


Using a fish slice, carefully place the fish onto a large serving dish and pour the hot sauce over the fish.


Squeeze some lime juice over the fish, garnish with the coriander and spring onion, and serve with plain boiled rice or noodles.

Meal: Main Dishes


Marion chooses to serve the fish on its own as a starter which works very well, but by making the gravy thinner (as above) and serving it with rice or noodles it works equally well as a main.