Vietnamese Turmeric Amberjack

Embark on a flavorful journey with this Vietnamese Turmeric Amberjack recipe, a delightful way to savor the essence of white fish like never before. This dish is a fusion of vibrant colors, bold flavors, and unique textures, showcasing the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine with a twist.

In this recipe, amberjack, known for its firm texture and mild taste, becomes the canvas for a palette of exotic flavors. Marinated in a blend of earthy turmeric, pungent garlic, zesty ginger, and savory fish sauce, each cube of fish is transformed into a morsel of delight. The addition of white pepper and sugar balances the flavors, creating a harmony that dances on the palate.

But the magic doesn’t stop there. The fish, once marinated, is sautéed to perfection with onions, infusing the air with an aroma that beckons the senses. The final touch of dill and green onion adds a fresh and herbaceous note, elevating the dish to new heights.

Served over chilled vermicelli rice noodles and accompanied by a medley of fresh vegetables like crunchy romaine, crisp cucumber, and tangy pickled carrots and daikon radish, this dish is a celebration of texture and taste. The crushed peanuts add a nutty crunch, while the Vietnamese dipping sauce drizzled over the top brings a burst of umami flavor.

This Vietnamese Turmeric Amberjack is more than just a meal; it’s an experience. It’s about exploring new flavors, enjoying healthy and fresh ingredients, and bringing a piece of Vietnamese culinary art to your table. Whether you’re a fan of white fish or looking to try something new, this recipe promises a delightful and satisfying dining experience. Enjoy the process of creating this dish and savor each bite with joy!

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5 from 5 votes

Vietnamese Turmeric Amberjack

Deliciously unique way to use your white fish!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Fish, supper
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: amberjack, Dinner, Fish, tumeric, unique, Vietnamese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sophie May


  • 1 lb amberjack (or any white fish) cubed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 T ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 T fish sauce
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 T dill I used the freeze dried kind in the seasoning section but you can use fresh
  • 1 stalk green onion chopped



  • Combine amberjack, turmeric, garlic, ginger, salt, white pepper, sugar, and fish sauce in a Ziplock bag or bowl and let marinate for 20 minutes.
  • Once finished marinating, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Add in the chopped onion and cook for a minute until they are shiny. Add the fish and marinade to the pan. Cook the amberjack for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Add in the dill and green onion. Cook for another 30 seconds or until fully cooked. Remove from the heat and assemble your bowl. Finish by drizzling dipping sauce over the top. ENJOY!!


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