Thai Grilled Sea Bass - Pla Pao

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 0 mins

Chilean Sea Bass: which is not truly Sea Bass, but who cares? It is one of the most tasty types of fish you can buy. And definitely tasty, done in the Thai style.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients except Sea Bass to form marinade.
  2. Pour marinade over fish in a ziplock bag or shallow dish and allow to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Grill over medium-hot coals until cooked through (about 4-8 minutes per inch of thickness, until fish flakes easily), turning once, and basting frequently with marinade.
  4. Serve with steamed jasmine rice, sauteed bok choy, and/or grilled zucchini medallions on kebabs (basted with marinade), if desired.
  5. Good table condiments include lime wedges and chile sauce (sambal oelek).
Most Helpful

This is, hands-down, the best sea bass recipe I have tried. It is also good with halibut. ( Made it twice it was so good! ) It doesn't take very long to make the marinade. While the fish was marinating, I made some sticky rice. We don't have a working grill right now, so I seared this on the stove top - about 6-8 minutes per side, basting it with the marinade while cooking. Excellent, excellent flavor. Unique and lovely. I served this with mounded rice, dotted with chili sauce, green beans with some olive oil, and the fish. Beautiful presentation. Thank you thank you thank you for this great recipe. If I could give it 6 stars, I would! Highly recommended.

basia1 March 21, 2003

I have made this a couple of times now to great reviewers from the guests. One time I did not have the chilis and used Sriracha Chili Sauce with great results.

Crouton Bruce August 21, 2010

Oh, my - dancing tastebuds! Mr. Omni and I adored this recipe (he with mahi mahi, myself with tofu). Served with thai fried rice and a salad of cucumber, tomatoes, red onions and mae ploy (sweet chili sauce).

Blue Karma November 16, 2005