Grouper with Ginger and Asian Celery

July 27, 2016

By Chef David Thompson of Nahm
Renowned for receiving the first ever Michelin-star for Thai cuisine, chef David Thompson of Nahm shows us how to create our own award-winning Thai temptations at home:

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep time: 25 mins
  • Cooking time: 10 mins



  • 4 coriander roots
  • 1 celery root
  • ½ cup red shallots
  • 3 tbsp garlic
  • 3 tbsp peeled ginger
  • Ground white pepper
  • Yellow Bean Sauce
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 cups yellow bean sauce
  • 3-4 tbsp white sugar
  • A liberal pinch of star anise powder
  • Galangal powder
  • 2 tbsp white pepper
  • ½ cup Chinese rice wine
  • A little white vinegar


  • 10 generous pieces of fish, filleted
  • 2 onions, sliced into thick pieces
  • 3 stalks Chinese celery, finely chopped
  • Ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp deep-fried garlic
  • Coriander, finely chopped
  • A bunch of spring onions, sliced
  • Ground white pepper


  1. In a pestle and mortar or blender, grind the coriander roots, celery root, shallots, garlic, ginger and ground white pepper to make a paste for the fish.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok. Fry the paste until cooked but not too coloured.
  3. Add the yellow beans sauce and simmer until aromatic.
  4. Season with the sugar, spices, wine and vinegar and simmer for several minutes.
  5. Taste to make sure it is not too salty. This can be made well in advance.
  6. Cut fillet fish into portions. Cover a steaming tray with onions and top with the celery stalks and ginger.
  7. Keep the celery leaves aside to garnish. Place the fish over the vegetables.
  8. Cover with the prepared sauce and sprinkle the deep-fried garlic and pepper.
  9. Steam for 15 minutes or until cooked through and not opaque in colour.
  10. Serve sprinkled with celery leaves, chopped coriander, spring onions and pepper.

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    Reply Aria on July 27, 2016 says;


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    Reply Agnus D on July 27, 2016 says;

    yet another great recipe!

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    Reply Tamika on July 27, 2016 says;

    Thank you so much for a wonderful share.

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    Reply Danna Tanner-Lambeth on July 27, 2016 says;

    yes, this is so yummy

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    Reply Vani Arun on July 27, 2016 says;

    You always have the healthy meals

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    Reply Grace on July 27, 2016 says;

    This looks so easy

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    Reply Hannah on July 27, 2016 says;

    Appreciate your share. Thanks

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    Reply Ursula on July 27, 2016 says;

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Reply Fifine Dupuy on July 27, 2016 says;

    Love it!

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    Reply Karen M. Moore on July 27, 2016 says;

    This is so good!

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    Reply Danuta Watola on July 27, 2016 says;

    This recipe is spectacular and is so versatile.

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    Reply Elaine Suderman on July 27, 2016 says;

    Excellent! I am amazed at the simplicity of the recipe

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    Reply Sanjeeta kk on July 27, 2016 says;

    Fantastic! Delicious!

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    Reply Ambrosini Ami on July 27, 2016 says;

    definitely restaurant worthy!

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    Reply Rain77 on July 27, 2016 says;

    A perfect Sunday evening meal.

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    Reply Stacymarkow on July 27, 2016 says;

    Yum, yum, yum.

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