BBQ grilled fish with homemade chilli and lime dip

serves 4
40 minutes

Ingredients

BBQ fish

  • 2 whole sea bass, or other firm-fleshed whole fish, cleaned
  • 1 bunch of dill, parsley, thyme or oregano (or a mix)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt

Chilli and lime dip

  • 4 shallots, diced
  • 1 bulb of garlic, diced
  • 6 bird's eye chillies, diced
  • 2 red chillies, diced
  • 4 1/2 limes, or calamansi
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • salt, to taste

Method

1
Light the charcoal barbecue 45 minutes before you plan to cook
2
Clean the fish thoroughly and pat exterior dry with a kitchen towel. Squeeze lemon juice in the stomach area and stuff the fish with fresh herbs. You can use a skewer to seal the herbs in
3
Mix the sea salt and olive oil and rub over the exterior of the fish. Place the fish in the BBQ fish basket
4
Grill for 10 - 12 minutes (5-6 minutes each side), or until a skewer inserted in the thickest part goes all the way through
5
While the fish is cooking, make the dip. Add the shallots, garlic and chillies to a pestle and mortar and grind and pound until you get a paste
6
Squeeze the lime or calamansi juice into a bowl, add the brown sugar and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Combine the lime and sugar to the chilli mix until well combined. Alternatively, place all of the ingredients to a blender and blitz to form a smooth paste. Season with salt to taste and serve with the fish