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Nahm Jim Steamed Fish Recipe

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 Nahm Jim Steamed Fish
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Industrial engineer turned gourmet food restaurateur, Varun Tuli brings alive an authentic oriental savory- a classic Nahm Jim Sauce with Steamed Fish. 'Nahm Jim' is Thai for 'dipping sauce'.

Ingredients of Nahm Jim Steamed Fish

  • For marination:
  • 1/2 kg fish fillet cleaned & sliced      
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce                                      
  • 2 Tbsp chopped galangal  
  • 5-6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chopped lemongrass

  • For Nahm Jim sauce:
  • 60 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mince garlic
  • 2 Tbsp coriander leaves and root
  • 1 Tbsp red chillies
  • 1/2 Tbsp kaffir lime
  • 35-40 ml water

  • For chilly oil dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp fresh red chillies finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil 

How to Make Nahm Jim Steamed Fish

  1. For the Nahm Jim sauce:

    In a bowl add the lemon juice, fish sauce, sugar. Mix well to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Now add the garlic, chillies, coriander ( do not gorget to add the coriander roots and they have a lot of flavor in them).
  3. Add the kaffir leaves and water. Mix well.
  4. Keep aside.

  5. For the fish:
  6. Marinate fish fillet with fish sauce, chopped galangal, chopped lemon grass, kafir lime leaves for about 15-20 minutes)
  7. Put them in a steamer till cooked.
  8. Heat the Nahm Jim dressing with a bit of water till a slight boil (we do not have to reduce the sauce).
  9. Pour over fish. Garnish with basil, kafir lime leaves or coriander leaves.

  10. For the Chilli Oil Dressing:
  11. Heat oil, add red chillies and pour over the fish and serve.

  12. Tip: The Nahm Jim sauce can also be used as a dressing for a nice cold salad.


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