Thai Steamed Fish With Lime and Garlic Recipe (ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว)

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In this Thai recipe video I had the pleasure of hanging out with Pai from Hot Thai Kitchen – she’s a chef, a food lover, and she also makes awesome videos on YouTube – especially Thai recipes. We decided to cook one of both of our favorite Thai seafood dishes, in Thai called pla kapong neung manao (ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว), and in English a steamed barramundi fish (also called Asian sea bass), with lime sauce, garlic, and chilies. It’s actually quite easy to make this, it just takes a fresh fish and a few other common ingredients. It’s simple and delicious.

Join us in the Bangkok street food kitchen for an amazing recipe, and a dish that’s sure to be a stunner! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

1 whole barramundi, about 1 – 2 kilos (or whatever size you can get) – you could also use a smaller fish if you’d like, or a different kind of fish
5 stalks of lemongrass
1 cup chicken stock or fish stock for the sauce
2 Tbsp finely chopped palm sugar
8 Tbsp lime juice
6 Tbsp fish sauce
2 head garlic, chopped
Thai chilies, to taste, finely chopped
20 – 25 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1- 2 stalks Chinese celery, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the method of making Thai steamed fish, make sure your watch the video for the complete tutorial, and also head over to the full recipe on the blog ( But really, all you have to do is steam the fish, mix the sauce ingredients all together, and then combine the plain steamed fish with the lime and chili garlic sauce, and you’ve got pla kapong neung manao (ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว).

Hope you can try this amazing steamed fish recipe at home!


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Boonleng Low says:

hi,Mark.wouldn’t it be better if we pour in the broth while we steam it.?

Kim Ngoc Doan says:

Made this tonight with Golden Pampano fish. Used half of your listed ingredients, a lot less Thai red pepper. Delicious! Really bring out the sweetness of the fish.

Rita Serrano says:

Hi Pai, what other fish can I use? Will this work on dory fillet, tilapia or milkfish?

Xandie C. says:

I love your videos Mark thanks for sharing them!

Negeri Empat Musim says:

wow mark have good skills using knife

armani love prada says:

my favourite 2 youtubers

Nirvana In Chains says:

Pai, can I marry you?

Sam Vithanage says:

Few flavoring ingredients are missing in the sauce; the guy is an idiot and he says he says he can drink the sauce as a soup too! Guys, when you steam the fish. other than the lemongrass, add kiffir lime leaves, and cilantro stalks. Sure the sauce has nam-pla which is fish sauce…but in professional cooking you must season the fish inside.The woman is okay in her food preparation but it is too blatent that she is too much into the guy and it takes the essence away. I suggest not to use “do the honor,” as it highlights her crush on the dude. Overall it is an okay preparation which deserves at least 3.5star but I cannot give 5 star. But I must say overall it is a good job on a rainy day.

Shameem Farooq says:

love this fish, I will try this recipe

pang chung says:

the fish can cater for 20 pax also for crew staff

Mai Vang says:

where can I go buy one of your t-shirt Mark?

Bassam Al-youssef says:

I have intended to cook the same food for my family,so would you be kindly enough to tell me the name of this fish in order to buy it from the fish market. As you know , not any other kind of fish would suit this type of recipe.
Secondly , for how long to be steamed ? 10,20 minutes ??
Thirdly, under the strainer is there any water diluted with any herbs to get the steam??

Finally , would it be good to dump it inside the oven for about 10 minutes ?? at least to have better taste and better looking Thank you so much.

Deepak thank u sir Semwal says:

Thanks ..this Is very helpfull for. bcs i m doing now thai restaurant.


hello from kuwait 🙂 i love you both … thank you for all what you do for us … your videoes make me happy and teach me alooot of thai food … thank you again …

Clay Tall Stories says:

Awesome clip guys. I make a few food videos and I have to s
ay you guys have it down 100%!

Zul Muhd says:

Hi, Mark. This video gave meaningful knowledge and the right way to make steam fish. Lov witz in

Deyfan Aoki says:

Awesome. Best fish dish ever! Thank you both 🙂

Black.rabbit.luv.illumiti says:

What is chicken stalk or sauce
And what kind of sugar did she use?

Tippy H says:

FANTASTIC DEM.! thanks both

jerry bayu says:

my GOD….!!! mouth watering….

Dan Becker says:

thanks. it looks really good. Great to see also that both of you have the same wedding rings. It must be a tradition of your country .. Thanks again ..

Al Ray says:

The best seafood preparation ever ! It appears to be so healthy !!

Devon Nguyen says:

Good stuff. I love eating this dish. Thanks guys!

Jef M says:

Salivating… yum! Hey, Mark! Would you be able to upload a DIY sweet thai chilli sauce?

tahseen naj says:

definitely trying this recipe soon..that would be mine alone as I loveee fish..keep the rice for this meal.

tahseen naj says:

Mark, you served her with the spoon with which you took your first bite..tskkk tskk…

rosie Dizo says:

amazing i like

Xandie C. says:

that sauce looks a lot like Pico de gallo

rath nareth says:

you should open a restaurant

Raphael Chen says:

Pai is so pretty and wonderful in Thai cooking!!! Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing the steamed fish cooking! Looks so yummy!

Aayush sharma says:

what if we use a nice rohu fish for it…and what about a tilapia……

Melona Olano says:

i love pai’s cooking

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