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Whole Grilled Branzino with Chile Basil Ginger Sauce Paleo Primal Gourmet

Whole Grilled Branzino with Chile Basil Ginger Sauce

Spicy, fresh and vibrant, this Whole Grilled Branzino with Chile Basil Ginger Sauce is both easy and delicious.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Southeast Asian
Servings 2 people


  • For the Chile Basil Ginger Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stems reserved and set aside
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced, greens and whites separated
  • 1 red finger chile substitute Thai bird’s eye chile or Anaheim pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger julienned
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • For the Grilled Branzino:
  • 2 whole branzino gutted, scaled and fins removed
  • 1 small bunch reserved cilantro stems see above
  • 1 lime thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper


  • For the Chile Basil Ginger Sauce:
  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir. Taste for seasoning and adjust with honey for sweetness or fish sauce for salt as desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • For the Grilled Branzino:
  • Preheat Traeger grill to 450F for 5 minutes. Make sure the grill grates are very clean.
  • Rinse the fish under cold water and pat very dry with paper towel.
  • Using a sharp knife, make three diagonal score marks around 1” apart on both sides of each fish. Season the cavities with a pinch of salt and pepper, stuff each fish with 3 lime slices and half of the reserved cilantro stems. Tie each fish with three strands of butcher’s twine. Rub with avocado oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
  • Once your Traeger grill is preheated, place the fish as close to the front edge of the grill as possible, close the door and cook until lightly charred, around 6 minutes. Carefully flip with a fish spatula and pair of tongs and cook until lightly charred, around 6 more minutes. The fish is ready to serve when the flesh is opaque and flaky.
  • Transfer the fish to a serving platter and spoon the Chile Basil Ginger Sauce over top. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions and serve immediately.
Keyword grilled branzino, whole grilled branzino, whole grilled fish