Whole Grilled Fish with Vietnamese Peanut Pesto

For a Southeast Asian spin, chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and One/Fifth in Houston creates a Vietnamese Peanut Pesto which is spread liberally over grilled whole fish.

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Whole Grilled Fish with Vietnamese Peanut Pesto [Kalamazoo Branded Content]
For a Southeast Asian spin, chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and One/Fifth in Houston creates a Vietnamese Peanut Pesto and adds to whole grilled fish.

Vietnamese Peanut Pesto

  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 bunches cilantro
  • 1 bunch mint, leaves picked
  • 2 bunches green onions
  • 1 cup Red Boat fish sauce
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced

Whole Grilled Fish

  • 1 whole red snapper, 2-3 lbs, scaled and cleaned
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 14 red onion, shaved
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 12 red chili, thinly shaved
  • garlic chives, cut into 1-inch sticks, for garnish
  • crushed peanuts, for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the Vietnamese Peanut Pesto: Place all ingredients in blender except for the peanuts and blend until smooth. Transfer to a food processor, add the peanuts and pulse until peanuts are chopped but still chunky. Set aside.
  3. Season the snapper on both sides with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Place on a hot grill, and grill evenly on both sides, allowing fish to cook for 10-12 minutes or until done.
  4. Carefully remove the fish from the grill smear even layers of the pesto over the entire fish. Reserve extra pesto.
  5. Place fish on serving plate and garnish with red onions, red chiles, garlic chives and crushed peanuts. Serve with sliced lime wedges.
Whole Grilled Fish with Peanut Pesto
Whole Grilled Fish with Vietnamese Peanut PestoMatt Taylor-Gross