This is my favourite summer fish recipe and has become pretty much my signature dish. What sets this recipe apart is the Thai influenced salsa that just explodes with flavour alongside a tender piece of your favourite fish. I cook this with small whole fish like bream or snapper but a nice fillet with the skin on would do just fine...and there's no bones to deal with.


  • 4 x Pieces of Fish - Small Whole or Fillets

  • 2 x Tbsp Chinese Five Spice

  • 1 x cup Rice Flour

  • Oil for deep frying

  • Salsa

  • 1 x Large Mango diced

  • 1 x Large Avocado diced

  • 2 x Medium Tomatoes diced

  • 1 x Medium Capsicum diced

  • 1 x Small Red Onion diced

  • 2 x Large Chili Peppers diced (hot if you like)

  • 2 x Tbsp Spring Onion chopped

  • 2 x Tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped

  • Dressing

  • 1 x Tbsp Light Soy Sauce

  • 1 x Tbsp Fish Sauce

  • 2 x Tbsp Lime Juice

  • 1 x tsp White Wine Vinegar

  • 2 x tsp Caster Sugar

  • 1/4 x tsp Garlic Paste

  • 2 x Red Chillies chopped

  • Water to adjust taste

  • Fried Shallots for garnish

  • Potato Chips to serve if desired


  • 1.

    Prepare the Dressing first

  • 2.

    Place all ingredients except Chillies into a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar

  • 3.

    Adjust taste by adding more water if too salty, add more lime juice if desired

  • 4.

    Combine chopped Red Chili with the dressing and keep aside.

  • 5.

    Next Prepare the Salsa

  • 6.

    Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix with a wooden spoon being careful not to smash the ingredients too much.

  • 7.

    Add 4-6 Tbsp of the Dressing and mix well. Add more if desired

  • 8.

    Sprinkle the Fish with the Chinese Five Spice then dust in the Rice Flour to coat well

  • 9.

    Heat the Oil in a large wok and deep fry the fish until done (about 4-5 minutes)

  • 10.

    Serve the Fish hot from the pan drizzled with a little of the Dressing and a generous serve of Salsa

  • 11.

    Garnish with Fried Shallots

  • 12.

    Don't forget your Potato Chips, which by now are pretty much optional.


This Salsa also goes great with a serve of cooked Glass Noodles and a helping of cooked Prawns. Combine all ingredients well for a light sumer lunch that that packs a punch.

For a healthy alternative cook the fish on a bbq

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