This whole fish is fried and topped with a Thai basil and chilli sauce for a stunning main coarse at the dinner table.
To test the oil temperature if you do not have a thermometer, dip the head of the fish into the oil; if it sizzles, it is ready, if it does not sizzle, then wait a couple minutes and try again.
Exactly what I was looking for! I had whole fried tilapia in an Asian restaurant once and was sure that there was something trickier than just frying it; but no there isn't! I used canola to health up the frying and fried until super crispy 10-12 min. I was in a hurry so I didn't make paste but used Asian Rooster sauce and premade garlic-chili oil. The fish is sooo much more tender this way! THANK YOU! - 11 May 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Much better grilled and just as "stunning at the dinner table". Fried.... Very Unhealthy. Sauce is tasty, tasty. - 19 Mar 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
looks awesome i will definetely try it,it has an asian twist,and i love fish. thanks wiley - 13 Mar 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)