This weekend I saw a small but plump and very fresh looking yellow tail at the District Fishwife in Union Market. I bought it assuming I’d salt bake it like I normally do with whole fish. Then this happened:
Turns out Thai style whole fish at home is really easy if you have a deep fryer. Score the fish and cook it until crisp (next time I might lightly dust it with corn starch or tapioca flour).
Before you do that,make a sauce. Heat some chopped Thai chilies and garlic in neutral oil – (I used avocado). Let them cook but not brown. Add some tamarind water, agave, and fish sauce to taste. Boil for a couple minutes until delicious and fragrant. When your fish is cooked top it with sauce and some cilantro and scallions plus a couple lime wedges. You might feel like you’re in a Thai restaurant.