Thai Salmon with Chilli and Basil – an aromatic and flavoursome meal that’s easy to make and a real crowdpleaser!
Thai Chilli Salmon with Basil – when east meets west
If you like thai food you’ll love this thai salmon with chilli and basil!
This thai salmon is a spin of the classic thai meal, pad krapow, which a stir-fry made with thai basil, chilli and garlic and usually chicken or pork! The rich salmon pairs really well with flavours of this dish, making this dish a great combo and a testimony that fusion food really is a great concept!
How to make Thai Salmon with Chilli and Basil
Traditionally a krapow is stir-fried in a wok. However this thai salmon is baked in the oven instead as it’s easier and the flavours work better with the salmon when it’s baked as opposed to being stir fried.
To make this dish, start by frying garlic and chilli in oil until fragrant. Then add oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar and fish sauce and cook until slightly thickened. Add the torn thai basil and give the sauce a stir.
Place the salmon in a baking tray, skin side down. Spread the sauce all over the salmon and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on how large your salmon piece is! The best way to enjoy salmon is when its core is still slightly pink, so keep an eye on the salmon so it doesn’t get overcooked!
Serve this salmon with jasmine rice and a few slices of cucumber and tomato, like a pad krapow is traditionally enjoyed. Normally a pad krapow topped with an fried egg, but here the egg is omitted as it’s simply not needed.
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Thai Salmon with Chilli and Basil – Nutrition breakdown
- Omega 3: Salmon is a source of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids promote cardiovascular health and cognitive function. They’re also anti-inflammatory and support skin health!
- Vitamin D: Salmon is one of few foods that naturally contain vitamin D! This vitamin influences more than 2000 genes (!) in the body and is essential for healthy strong bones. It also supports the immune system and muscle function.
- Selenium: A mineral that’s important for thyroid health and also helps to protect your cells against damage from oxidative stress.
- Vitamin B3: Plays a role in the production of neurotransmitters and it’s important for the breakdown of the food you eat and the conversion of it into energy.
This meal is dairy free. Make dairy free by using GF oyster sauce and soy sauce! To add more veg into our meal, swap some of the rice for grated cauliflower!
If you like salmon, check out these recipes
- Smoked Salmon and Avocado Cocktail
- Salmon Salad with Potato, Egg and Dijon Vinaigrette
- Rosemary Salmon Burgers
- Miso Salmon with Sesame Red Cabbage Salad
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Thai Salmon with Chilli, Thai Basil and Garlic and a delicious sauce consisting of oyster sauce, soy sauce and fish sauce!
- 800 g salmon fillet,
- 4 bird eye chillis
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 6 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped thai basil
- 1 tbsp neutral oil (like peanut oil or canola oil)
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 392°F
Slice the garlic and chilli. Set aside
Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
Heat a large frying pan on high heat with oil. Add the garlic and chilli and fry until soft and fragrant.
Pour the sauce over the garlic and chilli and cook for a minute or two, until slightly reduced.
Add the basil and cook for 1 minute. Set a side.
Place the salmon, skin side down, in a large baking tray.
Pour the sauce over the salmon and pop in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes (or longer, depending on how thick your piece of salmon is), or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
Serve straight away with rice, sliced cucumber and tomato.