Deep Fried Sea Bass with Mango Salad – Pla Krapong Tod Nam Pla

Pla Krapong Tod Nam Pla (Deep Fried Sea Bass with Sweetened Fish Sauce Thai style) is perfectly complemented by a fresh Mango Salad in the typical and authentic Thai recipe enjoyed up and down the country.

The British have their great Fish & Chips which is battered and fried and really not so healthy, but perhaps that's needed in the cold & wet weather they have to put up with.

Deep Fried Sea Bass with Mango Salad – Pla Krapong Tod Nam Pla

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Here in Thailand, we know a thing or two about fried fish and mostly it does not include much batter. At least in this recipe, it doesn't.

There is a knack to deep-frying fish which means choosing the right fish and getting the right oil temperature to produce a juicy, yet well-cooked fish meat with a little bit crispy outside.

And then to marry that beautiful but delicately crispy exterior and soft inside with a little bit salty and savory fish sauce to set off the taste of the fish.

But wait, we Thais like sweet and sour as part of the tastes in a perfectly balanced dish and so the fish sauce is made a little sweet and the mango salad provides the perfect freshness and sourness to round off this amazingly tasty dinner plate.

This dish takes next to no time to prepare and is simple in its construction requiring only a little preparation and cooking time mingled with some knowledge of what you are doing and trying to achieve.

How to Make Pla Krapong Tod Nam Pla with Mango Salad – Step by Step

Deep Frying the Fish

photo of sea bass being salted before deep frying
Salt the exposed surfaces of the Sea Bass Lightly before Frying

Step 1

Grab yourself a super-fresh white fish with a good amount of meat to cook through and have your fishmonger remove the insides and ‘butterfly' the fish so that it lays fairly flat.

Remove the scales and trim the fins a little and then wash thoroughly.

Sea Bass is an excellent choice because it has enough meat to stay juicy and tastes lovely.

Step 2

Dry the fish roughly and then sprinkle a little salt on both sides, patting it down into the flesh and exposed skin. The salt helps to crispy up the exposed surfaces of the fish as well as seasoning it.

Step 3

Take deep and relatively high sided pan, big enough for the fish to sleep in it top to tail without it curling up the sides too much. Fill the pan with enough frying oil to completely submerge the fish and heat until the surface starts to ripple.

You should notice a definite change from a flat smooth surface of the oil to a slightly rippled surface. But do not heat the oil so hot that it starts to smoke so you will need to pay attention here.

And take great care of your pan filled with very hot oil as it is potentially very dangerous if spilled.

photo during teh deep frying of sea bass for tod nam pla recipe
The deep-frying of a beautiful & Delicious Sea Bass for Tod Nam Pla

Step 4

Take your fish and immerse the head into the oil for about 1-2 minutes to let the head get a head start on the cooking process. This is needed as the head section is thicker and denser than the rest of the fish and takes longer to cook and look crispy.

Then submerge the fish completely and adjust the heat to keep the oil very hot but not smoking.

Allow the fish to cook undisturbed for about 8-10 minutes.

Step 5

Turn the fish over carefully, using a slice or tongs and making sure not to burn your fingers or splash the oil. Hot oil burns quickly, is hard to remove rapidly and hurts. A lot!

Allow the fish to cook on the other side for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the fish with a perforated slice and allow the oil to drain off with a little shake. Place the cooked fish on a plate with a kitchen paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

Making the Nam Pla

photo of nam pla being heated in a saucepan for topping deep fried sea bass
Cooking the Nam Pla with Palm Sugar for the Perfect Topping Sauce

Step 1

Add two tablespoons of the oil you cooked the fish in with the soy sauce, fish sauce, and palm sugar and heat, stirring the sugar until dissolved.

Step 2

Add a couple of tablespoons of plain water to dilute the sauce a little and turn off the heat and set aside.

photo of delcicious mango salad to serve with deep fried sea bass
Delicious mango salad compliments the deep fried sea bass with sweet fish sauce perfectly

Making the Mango Salad

Step 1

Put the fish sauce and palm sugar into a medium bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. If your prep area is cold it is easier to gently warm the liquids first. Add in the lime juice and mix.

Step 2

Add in the shallots and chilis as per the recipe and then julienne the mango and add to the mix.

Step 3

Stir all the ingredients together and top with a few leaves of cilantro for serving decoration.

Serving the Deep Fried Sea Bass, Fish Sauce and Mango Salad (Pla Kra Pong Tod Nam Pla)

photo of perfectly deep fried sea bass with sweet fish sauce and delicious mango salad
Deliciously Juicy Deep Fried Sea Bass with Sweet Fish Sauce and Mango Salad

To serve, place the deep-fried fish on a serving dish and pour the warm fish sauce over it. The sauce will soak in a little.

Add some chopped cabbage, carrot and cilantro leaves as garnish and serve the mango salad in a separate bowl.

Diners can serve themselves to the fish and salad on their individual plates.

Serve with freshly cooked jasmine rice.

Deep Fried Sea Bass, Fish Sauce and Mango Salad (Pla Kra Pong Tod Nam Pla) Recipe

photo of perfectly deep fried sea bass with sweet fish sauce and delicious mango salad

Pla Kra Pong Tod Nam Pla – Thai Style Deep Fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce & Mango Salad

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COURSE :Main Course
CUISINE :Thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 1453kcal
Author: Phasinee Doddeo
An excellent deep fried fish recipe that shows you how to deep fry properly and comes with a Thai mango salad that perfects things.
A great example of how a simple salad can turn ordinary deep-fried sea bass into a fantastic dish that will have people talking.
Adjust Number of Servings Required :2 people
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Ingredients

Fish Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Drinking Water
  • 2 tbsp Oil from cooking the fish

Thai Mango Salad

  • 1 Less than Ripe Mango
  • 4 Small Shallots
  • 2-5 Chili
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1-2 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • Fresh Cilantro Leaves

Deep Fried Sea Bass

  • 1.5 Bottles Palm Oil
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 kg Sea Bass

Instructions

Deep Frying the Fish

  • Deep Fried Sea Bass { 1 Step }
  • Properly wash the fish and dried with kitchen towel, set a side
  • Coat salt on both side of the fish to stop hot oil splash and soaking up the water from the fish
  • Preheat the oil in the frying pan When the surface of the oil starts to ripple it is hot enough.
  • Dip the head of the fish into the hot oil and let it cook for a minute or two and then completely submerge the fish.
  • Allow the fish to cook for 8-10 minutes undisturbed, and then turn the fish over and cook for a further 4-6 minutes. Be careful when turning the fish over not to splash the oil. Adjust the heat to keep the oil very hot but not smoking.
  • When the fish is cooked and nicely golden brown, shake off the excess oil and place on a plate with a kitchen paper towel to soak up any remaining excess oil.

Making the Fish Sauce

  • Use two tablespoons of the oil you cooked the fish in together with the fish sauce and soy sauce and place on the heat.
  • Add the palm sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add a little water to thin the sauce a tiny bit and taste. On a low heat add more sugar until you get the taste to your liking and then take off the heat.

Making the Mango Salad

  • Add the fish sauce and palm sugar with a little lime juice and stir to roughly dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the sliced chili and chopped shallots and stir in.
  • Julienne the less than ripe mango (or shred it) and add to the mix.
  • Add a few cilantro leaves to decorate.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pla Kra Pong Tod Nam Pla – Thai Style Deep Fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce & Mango Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1453 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 800mg267%
Sodium 19261mg837%
Potassium 4444mg127%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 74g82%
Protein 197g394%
Vitamin A 5282IU106%
Vitamin C 420mg509%
Calcium 299mg30%
Iron 14mg78%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Keywords:deep fried fish