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Fried Branzino With Thai Chili Lettuce Cups

Gordon Ramsay

Lesson time 14:36 min

Gordon demystifies cooking with whole fish. Learn how to trim, marinate, and shallow fry a whole branzino with a stunning presentation that encourages guests to be interactive and build their own lettuce cups.

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It’s more than dinner—it’s a dining experience. Gordon Ramsay returns with a second cooking MasterClass to teach you how to prep, plate, and pair recipes that wow guests. With 13 restaurant-inspired dishes designed for home cooking, you’ll learn how to build elevated courses from appetizer to dessert using everyday ingredients.


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I loved Gordon's first MasterClass! I learned more about cooking from that class than from anywhere else. The second class is even better! This one is full of tricks and tips to make recipes and plating more refined. Can't wait to tackle all of these new recipes.

he makes me want to pay as much attention to the presentation as I do to the taste.

As a home cook, there are techniques that I have never seen. Chef Ramsey makes things easy and give me confidence. Thank you.

Gordon is an excellent and passionate instructor. I refreshed some techniques and learned a few new ones. I hope he does another class.


A fellow student

i believe this tastes good---- all good matches. but the presentation, the layout of the plate, is like a kid's drawing

Kevin M.

This was the first time I shallowed fried fish, turned out great. 2 questions about the recipe: Gordon mentions that he "brings to a boil" the marinade. This seems to be omitted from the recipe (and of course, you must like this cool back down, otherwise, it would start to cook the fish). The other is the wine choice. Shaoxing comes in both red and white. I used the red, since it is a little sweeter, and it turned out great.

Thomas B.

What other fish would work with this? I can’t get this fish at any local fish market. Maybe rockfish?

Ramona W.

Fried Branzino with Thai Chili Lettuce Cups. It was so delicious. The whole fish fried in a wok. The little lettuce cups took a whole head of Iceberg lettuce, just for the few untorn cups...hahaha. They had pickled Mango, Japanese Cucumber and Carrots and a homemade Thai Chili Dipping Sauce. The only ingredient that I could not get my hands on was a Chinese Wine, Shaoxing Wine (not to be mistaken with Cooking Wine) It's only available in New York and with Texas law, they can't ship it. I used Dry Sherry and it worked...would love to try it with the actual wine. The fish was not over cooked and the method of frying in the wok basting it with the hot oil wasn't hard at all. The crunch skin but yet the moist white flakey meat and just a little of the dipping sauce, nestled in the lettuce cups was sweet, sour, light fishy and crunch all in one bite! Delicious!

A fellow student

I don’t eat spicy. Is there a way to modify the sauce to give it flavor without so much spice?

Tamara D.

Seared sesames crusted ahi is my favorite and the marinated cucumber is such a nice complement

Jennifer T.

That was really fun to watch! And as others have mentioned, I appreciate that he showed us how to cut the fish pieces and eat with the lettuce cup once finished.

Gary M.

I've seen this fried fish application on several "Travel Channel or Food Network Channel" "extreme cooking" shows. Gordon has taken this technique from extreme to mainstream. Thank you. I believe that I could replicate this dish in my home kitchen now.

Stephen K.

Chef Master Baster Notice how the flour dredge slides right off with the first ladle of oil. Lovely presentation, though, with the butchered carcass of the fish as centerpiece. Hmm!

Ann B.

My husband and I watch these videos while eating's so much fun and we always find something inspiring. Thank you, Gordon Ramsey and Masterclass!