Fried Orada with Sweet Sour Sauce ( Pa Rat Prik )


An Orada, is a type of fish with soft white flesh and few bones that is pan sized - making it ideal for frying. This dish is a shallow fried fish with a spicy sweet sour sauce, the sour comes from tamarind. For this recipe any similar non-oily fish can be used if Orada is not available. Thailand people loves fresh fish and fish dishes are to be found on most menus. Gut and clean the fish carefully, you can clean inside with lemon to rid the fish of any bitterness if necessary.

1 Orada approx. 500 gms.
3 Teaspoons Salt.
700 ml Oil ( or better if you have frying pan )

Sauce Ingredients
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Light Soya Sauce
1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Tamarind Juice
3 Red Chillis
2 Garlic Cloves
4 Basil leaves
1 Red Onion


1. Tamarind juice, is water added to tamarind pulp, the tamarind is squeezed in the water to made a sour bitter flavoring water.
2. Clean the fish and take entrails out, score it across each side with 3 lines.
3. Mixed with salt and leave it for 10 minutes for the salt to flavour the fish.
4. Put oil in pan turn heat on high ( the oil should be 190 degrees C if using a deep fat fryer) . The oil should just submerge the fish.
5. Fry the fish for 15 minutes and place it on a plate.
6. Put a tablespoon of oil in small frying pan on medium heat.
7. Chop the chilli, garlic and onion into small pieces.
8.When the pan is hot, fry the chilli, slice the onion and garlic for a few seconds and add the fish sauce, light soy sauce, sugar, and tamarin juce.
9. When the sauce is well mixed turn off the heat and add the basil.
10. Just before you are read to serve, pour the sauce over the fish.

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