Fuck Yeah Grilling
Thai Esan-Style Sausage, ‘Sai Grok’

"Bring this unique, fragrant, Thai-style sausage to your next barbeque party, and rest assured nobody will have the same thing. We used high quality ground pork from a local butcher who used pork shoulder, and we recommend that but it’s not necessary.

This is a rich, tasty meal in itself because of the mix of meat and rice, and one you can find all over Thailand especially in the Northeast (Isaan) area.”

Authentic Thai Grilled Fish Recipe (Pla Pao ปลาเผา)

Below is a quick text recipe. For an image or video tutorial, click the link at the bottom of the post.

Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
45 mins
Total time
1 hour 5 mins
"I think one of the best ways to eat a whole fish is by grilling it the Thai way, known as pla pao (ปลาเผา). The fish is coated in a thick layer of salt, slow roasted over charcoal, and eaten with a garlicky spicy chili dipping sauce known as sauce seafood. Make sure you watch the video of this recipe here:http://youtu.be/TuZ_0A97xRU Enjoy! For more of my authentic Thai food recipes, click here.
Author: Mark Wiens (http://www.eatingthaifood.com/)
Recipe type: Fish
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 1 - 2 or more
For the fish
  • 2 whole fish (also 1 fish works fine, just reduce ingredients)
  • ½ kilo of salt (big grain if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • About 1 tablespoon of water
  • 4 - 6 stalks lemongrass
  • small handful of kaffir lime leaves
For the sauce seafood
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 20 Thai bird chilies (prik kee noo suan พริกขี้หนูสวน)
Thai grilled fish (pla pao ปลาเผา)
  1. When you buy your whole fish, ask the vendor (or yourself) to do two things: One, try to remove the guts from the gills of the fish, without slicing the fish open on the belly, and two, leave the scales on the fish (if you have the choice).
  2. Probably the first thing you want to do (if you’re using charcoal, which I would recommend), is to get the charcoal going first, so it’s ready when the fish is prepared.
  3. Make sure you rinse your fish with water and then pat them dry with a paper towel.
  4. Take your lemongrass stalks and beat and bruise them with something hard, like a mortar, or a rolling pin or something like that. This is going to bring out the lovely flavor of the lemongrass. Also prepare a small handful of kaffir lime leaves.
  5. Fold the lemongrass in half and begin to stuff the fish with a stalk of lemongrass and about 10 kaffir lime leaves. Depending on how big your fish is will determine how many stalks of lemongrass you can fit. I put 2 - 3 lemongrass stalks in each fish in the video. Make sure it’s tight, but also make sure not to push so hard that you break the flesh of the fish.
  6. In a large mixing bowl or pan add ½ kilo bag of salt, sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour, and add about 1 tablespoon of water. Mix it up thoroughly, massaging the mixture with your hand, until it’s fully mixed. You want the salt to be a little moist so it sticks to the fish easily.
  7. Add the fish to the pan and start plastering it with the salt mixture. Pat and rub the fish with the salt, making sure to cover the entire fish, and all over the head and tail. Do the same to both fish.
  8. For grilling the fish, you want to have a steady, yet quite low heat. Make sure you have a bed of coals, and if they are too hot you can either tone them down with a scoop of ashes, or push the really hot coals to one side of the grill and put the fish on the other side (using a little indirect heat). You can also add more coals as you keep on cooking. You want to slow cook the fish without them burning on the outside. My fish took almost 1 hour to grill. So aim for low heat for slow cooking.
  9. Once your fish is on the grill, it’s time to get started on the seafood sauce (below).
  10. Try to wait for about 15 minutes before you flip the fish. If you flip it too early, when the salt hasn’t dried out completely yet, the fish skin might get stuck onto the griddle. Flip the fish as little as possible.
  11. Keep roasting until the fish feels firm and the white salted skin has turned crusty and golden. It should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. Take the fish off the grill, and set it on a platter.
  13. To eat the fish, you can either use a knife or scissors, and from the top of the fish, cut through the skin. The skin should cleanly lift off the fish revealing moist and beautiful meat.
  14. Thai grille fish (pla pao) is delicious with both sticky rice and white rice, and lots of seafood sauce!
Seafood Sauce
  1. Peel about 15 cloves of garlic and grab about 20 Thai bird chilies (prik kee noo suan พริกขี้หนูสวน). Normal Thai chilies will work too. Pound ½ teaspoon of salt, the garlic, and chilies using a mortar and pestle. Doesn’t need to be super fine, but make sure there are no big chunks.
  2. In a bowl, add the pounded garlic and chilies, 6 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice, 3 tablespoons of water, 2.5 tablespoons of fish sauce, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix everything together until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Taste the seafood sauce. Really, it’s up to you how it tastes, but you want it to be slightly salty, sour, and slightly sweet.
  4. If you need to add a little more of anything, go for it!
You should eat your Thai grilled fish (pla pao ปลาเผา) by dipping bites into the seafood sauce. Or you can get a plate of rice, add bites of fish to the top of your rice and spoon on some seafood sauce. The fish with be grilled and moist and the seafood sauce always bursts with flavor!”
Northern Thai Sausage, ‘Sai Oua’

"Northern Thai sausage is easy to make, and the mix of ingredients leads to a spectacular result. We would encourage you to make this with ground pork or, for any hunters reading, try this with local elk, deer, wild boar, or other natural meat that you might have. Also watch our online video below showing how it’s made.

You can’t go wrong with this sausage. Please be sure to leave us a comment using the form below if you make it, and share how it turned out.”


I’m slow but getting there!

Sorry I have not updated in awhile friends! I have been traveling and starting up my new page called http://fuckyeahgoodmeals.tumblr.com/

I will still be updating my grilling page but this one is for anything that I see as a delicious meal, grilled or not. This one will also include many of my own recipes.

So yeah, if you love  https://www.tumblr.com/blog/fuckyeahgrilling/ keep your eyes open for the new page and new recipes to come. 


Chargrilled Chiang Mai Pork Belly


(Chiang Mai is in Thailand so not quite sure why its in the name.)

Inspired by Vietnamese night markets, Luke Nguyen creates a recipe for chargrilled pork belly that uses coriander root, coriander seeds and ginger to flavour the meat, and tamarind water to make a delicious dipping sauce.

For more on Luke’s recipe, click below. 


Smoked braided pork tenderloin. This recipe came from WonkySeaDonkey on imgur and just had to be shared for it’s sheer brilliance. Click on the image to be linked to the instructions.

Smoked braided pork tenderloin. This recipe came from WonkySeaDonkey on imgur and just had to be shared for it’s sheer brilliance. Click on the image to be linked to the instructions.

Salat Ped Bped (Thai Spicy Duck Salad)

This one has a slight American spin on it but the ingredients are spot on and they make some wonderful duck in this country.


Moo Satay (Thai Pork Satay)

Strips of marinated pork on skewers, charcoal barbequed. (I have yet to see it with the toast or sauces they describe in this particular recipe and pictured above so don’t fret those if you don’t have the ingredients.)


Pla Pao (Thai Grilled Fish)


Another take on the grilled Thai fish, this one has a much simpler take on ingredients but is just as delicious.


Thai Grilled Whole Fish with Coriander-Chili Sauce

This fish recipe can be made outdoors on the barbecue, or you can pan-fry the fish indoors.