How to Make Thai Crispy Fish and Apple Salad

I was inspired to attempt this dish after sampling Fresh Crispy Snapper + Mango Salad at Lao-Thai eatery Holy Basil in Canley Heights recently. The footnote in the menu said that when out of season, they substitute green mango with apple, which I thought was a brilliant idea since not many greengrocers outside of postcode 2166 (Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights) sell Thai green mango even when it is in season.

I also used barramundi fillets (frozen ones from Aldi) instead of a whole snapper, because it’s a lower bar to set for the average Aussie cook (not many home kitchens have the setup to deep-fry a whole fish).

By the way, in hindsight I think it would have worked better had I used a 1:1 ratio of green mango and green apple – just to mix up the texture a bit.




Thai Crispy Fish and Apple Salad


3 pieces frozen fish fillets, skin on (about 2-3 inch lengths each)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp white pepper

2 Tbsps tapioca starch

1 egg white

Oil for deep-frying


3 cups green apple, coarsely grated with mandolin or cut into thin strips with knife

2 Tbsps grated carrot

4 cherry tomatoes, halved

3 cloves garlic

4 thin slices Spanish onion

2 bird’s eye chillies

1 snake bean, cut into 2-inch lengths

1 Tbsp roasted peanuts, skin off

2 Tbsps dried shrimp, rinsed and toasted

3 Tbsps honey or dissolved Thai palm sugar

3 Tbsps lemon juice

2 Tbsps fish sauce

Coriander and Mint leaves for garnishing


  1. Heat oil in wok to 180C.
  2. Sprinkle salt and white pepper on fish pieces.
  3. Drench with egg white, coat with tapioca starch, and deep-fry until crispy.
  4. Remove and set aside.
  5. If using a mortar and pestle, lightly pound garlic, chillies, dried shrimp and peanuts; add sauce ingredients and mix well. Alternatively blend sauce ingredients in food processor, then add the garlic, chillies, dried shrimp and peanuts and chop coarsely.
  6. Transfer into a mixing bowl and add grated apple, carrot, snake beans and tomatoes. Mix well, then serve topped with crispy fish fillets, coriander and mint.




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