Barbecued Whole Snapper with Lime and Chilli

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There’s nothing better than having friends and family around for Easter and sharing beautiful food. This recipe turns delicious fresh seafood into a wonderful Easter feast.


  • 1.5kg whole snapper
  • 1 stick lemongrass, trimmed, halved, cut into 5cm lengths
  • 4 garlic cloves, bruised
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • Fresh coriander sprigs, sliced green onion, steamed jasmine rice and lime wedges, to serve


  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


Preheat a barbecue to medium-high with hood closed. Rinse fish inside and out under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towel. Make 3 shallow cuts, 1cm-deep, in thickest part of each side of fish.

Place a large sheet of baking paper on top of a large sheet of foil on a flat surface. Place fish in centre of paper. Fill cavity with lemongrass, garlic and lime leaves. Season fish with salt and pepper. Fold up baking paper and foil to enclose fish, scrunching to secure foil.
Barbecue the snapper, with the hood closed, for 30 to 35 minutes, turning halfway, or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, make dressing: Combine sweet chilli sauce, lime juice, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, fish sauce, oil and coriander in a jug.
Unwrap fish and carefully transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with dressing. Top with coriander sprigs and green onion. Serve with lime wedges and rice.

Tip: When selecting fish, look for bright clear eyes, not cloudy and sunken eyes as this will show you how fresh the fish is. You can also cook the fish in the oven. Preheat to 200C/180C fan-forced and cook for the same time.




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by friendly 4 on Mar 17, 2013

    I went to a thai restaurant the other day that served this vinegar green chilli sauce with bbq squid. It was a bit thick and very very green. Anyone have the recipe for this?

  2. posted by white man on Mar 17, 2013

    homemade, not shop bought

    mine – tuna, rocket, cucumber on grannery with sweet chilli sauce! yummo!
    (i’m hungry that’s why i ask!!!)

  3. posted by Oilers on Mar 17, 2013

    OMG! my other half is west indian and loves his chicken! I am forever trying out different ways of seasoning it to his taste . . . .

    Today I bought some large chicken thighs (not those tiny scraggy things!)

    on them I put a good shake of mild curry powder
    about the same of all purpose chicken seasoning (jamaican jerk would work too)
    A big splodge of sweet chilli sauce
    ground black peper
    3 large garlic cloves chopped and
    a whole red chilli – seeds and all – chopped small

    roast in a hot oven until browned . . . .

    IT WAS FAB!!!

  4. posted by rashest_hippo on Mar 18, 2013

    it also had on it – cheese, sweet chilli sauce, tabbouleh and onion.
    thankyou very much!

  5. posted by sean on Mar 21, 2013

    Can anyone recommend the best brand of smoke flavoring? If you can suggest a really nice marinade recipe too that would be awesome. I tasted one many years ago that was a combination of red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, garlic, chives, and smoke flavoring. There were some other ingredients but I never found out what they were. Any suggestions would be awesome, thanks.

  6. posted by jag43216 on Mar 25, 2013

    I have subway about 4-6 times a week, and always order

    Multigrain bread with tuna and lettuce carrots and cucumber with sweet chilli sauce

    Will this be healthy?? and what can i do to make it healthier?

  7. posted by Jerosh Nagulachandran on Mar 25, 2013

    I had a pizza with a chilli sauce instead of a tomato based the other day and i loved it ,it might of been a chilli oil ,would love if someone could give me an idea as to what it might of been or just your own recipe,

  8. posted by Picean on Mar 28, 2013

    Okay so I had to go to McDonalds and I was already paniking about it, and I saw the lighter choices which all had less than 10g of fat. So I got the SMALL wrap, and i was wondering how many calories it would have in it? It has chicken, coleslaw and sweet chilli sauce in a tortilla.

  9. posted by stealspartansbcglobalnet on Mar 28, 2013

    I’m going to make noodles and add some diced chicken breast but just to enhance the flavors would it be a disaster to add sweet chilli sauce to it? I mean after its cooked? I just don’t want to end up with something tasting nasty that’s all:)

  10. posted by MentallyCryppled on Mar 28, 2013

    I’m going to make noodles and add some diced chicken breast but just to enhance the flavors would it be a disaster to add sweet chilli sauce to it? I mean after its cooked? I just don’t want to end up with something tasting nasty that’s all:)

  11. posted by mendhak on Mar 28, 2013

    Okay i know chilli sauce is used and mustard sauce is used but which are the other one? usually when i go to subway i get all the sauces on my sub but which are the other i want to know. tx a mill. plz reply soon. i want many answers.

  12. posted by stealspartansbcglobalnet on Mar 28, 2013

    Pasta,rice or spaghetti , sweet chilli sauce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions and ham

  13. posted by sarah w on Mar 28, 2013

    i have been sieting and lost some weight but the last few days ive really stuffed up it took me so long to loose and i dont wanna put any back on heres what ive had
    breakfast:banana (10am)
    lunch: small bread roll with ham cheese and sauce (11.30am)
    afternoon snack: went up to chocolate factory and got a big chocolate noughet (2.10)
    dinner: mcdonalds tendercrisp chicken wrap with sweet chilli sauce and mayo and lettuce and cucumber (7pm)
    Sunday: breakfast: half a banana and half an apple (10am)
    lunch went to a party so from 12-3 i had… 6 slices of dominoes garlic bread and the topping off two slices of pizza , two mini caramal and cream tarts, a big slice of spongecake
    dinner: (5.30) a big bread roll with salsa lettuce ham and cucumber
    Monday: salsa on toast (7.30am)
    lunch: a mini turkey salas wrap (1.05pm)
    afternoon snack: half an apple :(4.35pm)
    dinner: 200g steak handfull of porato slices a slice of bread and an average serve of coldslaw (7pm)
    and today ive already over eaten ive had 3 average sized breakfast muffins at 7.30am and at lunch im having a salad at 1.05pm what can i do to work this off so i dont put my weight back on and should i skip my afternoon snack today cause of breakfast?

  14. posted by Taylor G on Mar 28, 2013

    I like to drink strong coffee, munch on extra mature cheddar and put lots of Thai sweet chilli sauce on fried food amongst other things .

    Any explanations as to why I avoid weak insipid flavours?

  15. posted by Harriet W on Mar 28, 2013

    I’m a huge fan of chinese fan and love sweet chilli sauce. But I always find that I sneeze alot after eating it. This doesn’t happen when I eat any other type of food.

    Has this happened to anyone else or does anyone know why it happens?

  16. posted by Jack Bauer on Mar 28, 2013

    It’s called Mam-ma’s Chillin’ Chilli Dip
    (mam-ma is what my granddaughter calls me)

    Perfect with Tortilla Chips, crudite or a filling for rolled slices of griddled aubergine or courgette!
    Fed up with the plasticky tasting rubbish in the supermarket I devised a number of my own…here’s one of them.
    Mix together:
    1 tub Garlic & herb cream cheese
    1 tub creme fraiche,
    1 Tub Riccotta,
    2 tbs Mayo
    4-6 tbs Sweet Chilli Sauce,
    3 cloves of crushed garlic,
    crushed sea salt & freshly ground pepper.

    If you like a bit more heat add a sprinkle at a time of chilli pepper.
    If using the dip as a filling leave out the mayo which slackens the dip.

    It makes a huge bowlfull but believe me it will go!

    If you would like any other recipies for something a bit different and less of the nasty chemicals, leave me a note here!
    Ok it sounds hot but it really isn’t, only if you throw in loads of chilli pepper! Sweet chilli sauces vary hugely but I use Blue Dragon sweet chilli dipping sauce which is very good tempered and won’t blow your head off. I have three granddaughters under 5 and they love it!

  17. posted by alberto s on Mar 28, 2013

    This seems like a stupid question seeing as I’ve always been a vegetarian, but I tend to eat a lot of bread and pasta, veggie pizza, and chocolate. I’m 20 and I’ve always been quite lucky and slim, probably because I don’t have the same range of takeaway and fast foods available to me as my peers, and also because one of my favourite hobbies is walking (Yes, I am an extremely boring person).
    However, over the past few months I have found myself struggling my way in to my UK size 12 (different than american size) jeans and a couple of wobbly bits forming around my arms and tummy. My legs which were always slim also seem to be getting a bit chunkier.
    I’m going on holidays at the end of July and want to get down to the size 8 I was when I was 15. I know putting on a bit of weight is part of growing up, and I do love my D cups, but I just want to be a size where fat isn’t trying to escape from my clothes all the time lol.
    Can any other vegetarians give me some low fat food ideas that are suitable for vegetarians as well as tasty and filling? Preferably things that are available in the UK. I eat quorn and cous cous, and use things like sweet chilli sauce to give food more flavour. I’m a grazer and not keen on eating big meals, but rather eating snack foods six times a day (which, unfortunately, were cakes and chocolate before lol).
    I don’t want any vegetarian bashing. You don’t know why I’m a vegetarian and I don’t slag people off for eating meat. Such comments will not even have time wasted on them.

  18. posted by Only Business on Mar 28, 2013

    You’re by the coooler section and you see the egg rolls. Then…there they are. Those whopping footlong burritos! Beef and bean, beef and cheese, and spicey beef and bean. Man, nook those burritos and cover em in some sweet chilli sauce and you have a filling meal with great taste. Price? 7 bucks for the bottle of sweet chilli sauce and 1 dollar apiece for the burritos. Awesome!
    Nook- nuke… sorry. Got carried away.

  19. posted by kiltakblog on Mar 28, 2013

    I usually use sweet chilli sauce, but I got none left.So what else??

  20. posted by Agent 47 on Mar 28, 2013

    The cream cheese layer does have other ingredients which I do not know. I am also not certain if the sauce layer is tomatoe or sweet chilli sauce.

  21. posted by Matthew on Mar 28, 2013

    My planned dinner of tofu went horribly wrong so i cooked some frozen peas and had them with sweet chilli sauce. does that still count as a healthy meal? why/ why not?

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