Time: 30 minutes
3 tbsp basil leaves, packed
1 c cilantro, chopped with stems, about ½ bunch
¼ tsp ground cumin
¾ tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp garlic, chopped small
1½ tbsp ginger, peeled and chopped small
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced and divided
2 tsp jalapenos, chopped with seeds (omit seeds for less spicy version)
2 Tbsp lemongrass, peeled and bottom 1/3 only, chopped
1 14 oz can coconut cream
2 tbsp grapeseed or canola oil
4 5-oz fillets of skin on grouper, snapper, or striped bass
1-2 tsp fish sauce
2-3 tsp fresh lime juice
Blend together basil, cilantro, cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger, shallot, 1 tsp jalapeno, lemongrass, and coconut cream. Taste and add remaining jalapeno to taste, set aside. Sauce may look broken from the coconut cream, don’t worry it will come together in the frying pan.
Turn fish skin side up and score, cutting just through skin. Season with salt spice mix for fish.
Heat oil in large heavy bottom skillet until almost smoking. Lay fish fillets skin side down and cook over
high heat until skin is very crispy, but not burnt. Turn fillets and continue cooking over medium high heat until fish is opaque and flaky all the way through. Remove to serving platter and tent with foil.
Add onions to pan and cook until translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add curry sauce, fish sauce, and lime juice, simmer for 3-4 minutes so sauce thickens a little and flavors come together. Adjust seasoning if
necessary. Pour half of curry sauce over fish and serve remaining on the side. Serve immediately.