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Barbecued red emperor with finger lime, ginger and lemongrass – The Eat Series








  • 2 kg whole red emperor snapper fish, gutted and scale
  • 1 thumb size knob of ginger, peeled and cut into julienne
  • 2 long fresh red chillies, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve
  • 10 whole kaffir lime leaves
  • 6 finger limes, halved lengthways
  • ½ bunch coriander, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Skill Level



Preheat a barbecue to medium.

Using a large sharp knife, make 3-4 deep incisions on both sides of the fish until you reach the back bone.

On one side of the fish, divide half the ginger among each incision, then fill with half the chilli, kaffir lime leaves, finger limes, coriander, then the lemongrass. Place the lemongrass in last as you want it to cook and if it’s close to the flesh it won’t cook as well and release those delicious flavours. Flip the fish and repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Season the fish on both sides, then barbecue for 15 minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Squeeze over the lemon juice and scatter with extra fresh chilli. 

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Andy Allen

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