How to use fish sauce: Our version of Bon Appétit’s spicy snapper recipe

How to use fish sauce: Our version of Bon Appétit’s spicy snapper recipe

For those who want to spice up their meals a bit and still eat healthily: We think you’re going to love our interpretation of Bon Appétit’s spicy red snapper (made with sambal and fish sauce) recipe.

If you’re looking for recipes with fish sauce, this one might become a new favorite. You may already know (especially if you’re a fish sauce fanatic) that recipes with fish sauce have that rich umami flavor, also called the “fifth taste.” To find out more about the fantastic flavor profile of fermented fish sauce, please take a moment to read this article.

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  • 4 fillets red snapper
  • 1 garlic clove, grated finely
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce (find our preferred brand here)
  • 1 tbsp. hot chili paste (sambal)
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • Celtic sea salt, to season to taste
  • Olive oil, to drizzle
  • Lime wedges, to garnish


  1. With a sharp knife, cut down the length of a fillet of snapper, making parallel cuts ¼-inch deep and ½-inch apart, end-to-end. Cut crosswise — or diagonally — with parallel cuts so that ½-inch squares or diamonds are created in a crisscross pattern. Repeat with all fillets.
  2. Season the snapper with Celtic sea salt on both sides. Arrange on a baking sheet with a rim. In a small bowl, mix fish sauce, garlic, chili paste, lime juice, and brown sugar together. Spoon this mixture over the snapper fillets, taking care to fill the cut marks with the marinade.
  3. Turn on the oven broiler. Drizzle the fillets with olive oil, and then broil until cooked thoroughly and charred in some places, roughly 5 minutes. Garnish with lime wedges to squeeze over the snapper.

*Credit: Bon Appétit.

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