How to make Fish Chilli Basil -

Simple dish yet so very tasty - basa fish cubes deep fried and cooked with fresh red chillies and basil leaves.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Basa fish fillets, Fresh red chillies (ताज़ी लाल मिर्च )

Cuisine : Thai

Course : Main Course Seafood

Fish Chilli Basil

Fish Chilli Basil Recipe Card


Thai food is an original and rich amalgam of aromas, subtle blends of herbs and spices and contrasting textures and tastes. It contains flavours and techniques that are familiar from Chinese, Indian and Japanese cooking, but they have been so skilfully combined and refined that the resulting dishes have a new and exciting character.
Whether searing hot or subtly mild, the guiding principle in Thai cooking is harmony. Fundamentally an aromatic marriage of centuries – old Eastern and Western influences, the chief characteristics being who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion and where it is cooked. In short Thai dishes can be extremely personal to the cook, how they are refined for particular tastes, how they befit a special function or festival and where they originate. The cuisine has its roots in a waterborne lifestyle, with aquatic animals, plants and herbs as major ingredients.
Thai cuisine is inextricably interwoven with culture, a mystical mix of fragrant flavours and intriguing history:  given the country’s historical Indian roots - Hindu Buddhism was bought here centuries ago, so many Thai curries are redolent with chillies, garlic, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and onions.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Fish Chilli Basil Recipe

  • Basa fish fillets cut into cubes 400 grams

  • Fresh red chillies 2

  • Fresh red chillies 4-5

  • Cornstarch ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Oil 1 tablespoon + for deep-frying

  • Garlic chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Light soy sauce 2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli flakes 2 teaspoons


Step 1

Combine fish, ¼ cup cornstarch, salt and crushed peppercorns in a bowl and mix well.

Step 2

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Deep-fry the fish pieces till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon oil a non-stick pan. Chop red chillies diagonally and add alongwith garlic, mix and sauté well.

Step 4

Add some water and mix. Add soy sauce and chilli flakes, mix well.

Step 5

Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in some water and add. Mix well till the sauce thickens.

Step 6

Add fried fish and mix well. Add crushed peppercorns and torn basil leaves, toss to mix. Let it get heated through.

Step 7

Serve hot.

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