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Serves : 6

In Thailand, variations on this simple but spectacular whole grilled fish turn up at beachfront grill shacks and upscale restaurants alike. Plus: More Grilling Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Make 3 crosswise slashes down to the bone on both sides of each fish. Place the fish in 2 large shallow glass baking dishes.

Step 2    

In a mini food processor, pulse the garlic with the cilantro, salt, coriander and white pepper until finely chopped. With the machine on, slowly add 2 tablespoons of oil and process to a paste.

Step 3    

Slather the paste in the fish cavities and slashes and spread any extra over the skin; refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 4    

In a small bowl, whisk the fish sauce with the lime juice, sugar and 3 tablespoons of oil. Set aside for basting.

Step 5    

Light a grill. Lightly oil the grate. Grill the fish, covered, over a medium-low fire for about 25 minutes, basting twice and turning once, until cooked through. Transfer to a platter and fillet before serving with the Sweet Garlic Barbecue Sauce and lime slices.

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