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Vietnamese Baked Snapper with Coconut Rice

  • People

    Serves 6

  • Prep Time

    15 min.

  • Barbecue Time

    25 to 35 min.

Serves 6
Prep Time
15 min.
Barbecue Time
25 to 35 min.

the Ingredients

Vietnamese Baked Snapper With Coconut Rice
  • 1½ kilogram whole snapper, cleaned and scaled
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3 x lemongrass, inner core, finely chopped
  • 3 x red chillies, deseeded, thinly sliced
  • 1 x 3cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • ⅔ cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 x lime, juiced (reserve zest for coconut rice)
  • 1 x lime, sliced (optional)

Coconut Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1¼ cup cups water
  • 400 millilitres coconut cream
  • 1 x 2cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lime, zest only


  • 01 Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C). If using a Weber Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and a trivet.
  • 02 Using scissors, trim the pectoral fins off the fish (optional). Cut three or four diagonal slashes along each side of the snapper, approximately 1cm deep and 2.5cm apart.
  • 03 In a bowl combine the soy sauce, lemongrass, chillies, ginger, coriander, and lime juice. Reserve any fresh ingredient offcuts for the cavity of the fish.
  • 04 Lay the fish on three layers of alfoil. Fold up the sides of the alfoil to create a "boat" for the snapper.
  • 05 Rub the herb mixture onto both sides of the fish and into the incisions and place the remaining into the cavity along with any of the fresh ingredient offcuts. Lay the lime slices over the fish.
  • 06 Roast the snapper over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until cooked through, 25 to 35 minutes.
  • 07 Whilst the fish is cooking, make the coconut rice. Thoroughly rinse and drain the rice. Place the rice, water, coconut cream, and ginger into a large Weber Ware Casserole Dish (with the lid on and the vent open) and bring to the boil over direct high heat, stirring as required. Reduce the heat to a simmer and gently simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Once cooked, remove the rice from the heat and leave to stand with the lid on for 5 minutes. Stir through the lime zest.
  • 08 Serve the Vietnamese snapper with the coconut rice.

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