It’s always sunny in Samoa; Day 5

Today marks our fifth day of eating at home, I have to say we have NOT been out to dinner, lunch or breakfast. It feels pretty good so far, but now the weekend is here it’s going to be a bit of a challenge.

However, today I have made it and roasted a delicious fish!

Last year, we had the pleasure of spending our honeymoon in the sunny serenity of Samoa.

Apia, SamoaSamoa is famous for it’s beautiful fresh seafood and tropical fruits, as well as the stunning landscape.

I have bravely decided to cook a whole fish (Red Snapper), which I bought (pre-gutted) from my local Chinese Supermarket. The dish is a sweet, sour and savoury combination of chillies and mangoes with tender white flesh fish inspired by Samoa.

Grilled Red Snapper with Chilli and Mango Sauce

Samoan Inspired Red Snapper with Chilli and Mango Sauce

Serves 2


1 Whole Snapper (around 300 – 500g)
2 Tbsp of Oil
1 Onion
5 cloves of garlic
1 Large Red Chilli – finely sliced
1 Medium Green Chilli (remember the smaller they are the hotter they are) – finely sliced
1/2 a can of tinned mango (4 pieces)
1 Tbsp of the syrup from the Mango
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
4 Tbsp of Water or chicken stock
2 Sprigs of Mint
10g Basil
10g Coriander


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Rinse the fish, and then dry with paper towels. Rub the skin with a 1 Tbsp of oil
  3. Place the fish in the oven and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, before grilling for 2 to crisp up the skin. The fish is cooked when the flesh changes colour to white.
  4. Finely chop the onion, garlic and the chillies.

The key ingredients of the sauce

5.  Combine the liquid ingredients in a small cup – this will mean they are ready to add when you are creating the sauce
6.  Add a tbsp of oil to a large pot and heat on medium until the oil begins to smoke slightly.
7.  Add the onions, garlic and chillies. Cook until the garlic aroma starts to invade your nostrils.
8.  Then add the mango, water or stock and the sauce. Simmer for 1 – 2 minutes or until the onion is semi-cooked through.
9.  Chop the herbs (basil, coriander and mint) and then add them to the sauce. Stir well to combine.

Herby Goodness

10. Remove the fish from the oven and serve on a plate.
Pour the sauce over the top and enjoy!

NB: you can use fish fillets instead if you would like to avoid the intricacies of the fish bones:

Deep fried white fish with Chili and Basil topping
Deep fried white fish with Chili and Basil topping

And there you have it, Samoan inspired whole grilled fish.

Tune in tomorrow for more nominess.

Ginga Musings.

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