This is my second wings recipe in a row because this is what happens when you go to the gym on an empty stomach, work out with no food in your system but also on a caffeine high, then become ravenous as you figure out what to make. And voila! You just made 48 wings for yourself.
As I was taste testing the first batch of wings, I was also marinating these wings in fish sauce. Yes, fish sauce. If you’ve never seen fish sauce or know what it is, it has no hint of fishiness at all, and rather makes the wings extremely savory. Like soy sauce, or oyster sauce, or Worcestershire sauce, it has a strong umami flavor. I balanced the fish sauce flavor with sugar and lime juice, and reserved the marinade to reduce down to a syrupy glaze to drizzle over the wings after they were cooked.
Scroll to the end of the post for the printable recipe.
I had been seeing the fried pok pok wings recipes on the internet for awhile, and they made my mouth water, as they made me remember eating sweet and savory fried wings with fish sauce in a Thai restaurant called SEA in Brooklyn years ago. While the fish sauce wings I had were Thai, Pok Pok wings are Vietnamese, and from what I hear are a popular hit at the famous Pok Pok restaurant. I wanted to make a grilled version of these delicious wings with 4th of July in mind.
I made some minor adjustments for the recipe. Aside from grilling instead of frying, I added the juice of a whole lime into the marinade because the smell of the fish sauce is sometimes overpowering in the house. And since I’m not deep frying anything, I opted to use granulated garlic instead of fried garlic they use for the recipe. I’ll make the fried version in time with the fried garlic, but for now, here is the recipe for Vietnamese Style Grilled Wings.
Instructions with Photos:
This is the brand of fish sauce that I use. Don’t ask me why I chose this specific brand, because I didn’t. Someone knowledgeable about Vietnamese food gave this to me before they moved out of the area and said, this is a good brand, use it, and I have ever since.
Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl or measuring cup.
I usually pour the marinade into the zip lock bag full of chicken, but I like to make things harder on myself just for the ‘pour shot’. It was worth it.
Marinate wings for 3 hours in a large zip-lock bag in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wings on a baking sheet,
and reserve marinade in small saucepan.
Bake wings for 45 minutes.
Here is how the granulated garlic comes in a bottle. You will find it in the spice aisle of the grocery store, probably next to the dehydrated onions or dry rubs, which is where I found it.
Two teaspoons will do for the recipe, but if you want more garlic flavor (and more crunch) feel free to add more. I also chopped some cilantro and served the wings with lime wedges.
As they are baking, heat the marinade on medium high heat, and reduce until thick enough to coat a spoon. Take off from heat and set aside.
This is what the wings look like coming straight out of the oven. Try not to eat them just yet. Ok try a couple just to make sure they’re good…
Heat your grill pan to medium heat. Using tongs, place wings on pan and grill for two minutes, then flip and grill another two minutes. Place wings on a large plate.
Drizzle the marinade glaze that you’ve made over the wings. Sprinkle granulated garlic and mix. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.
I’m writing this the morning after I made these. I think the leftover wings will make a good breakfast…
Vietnamese styled grilled wings
- 24 wings
- chopped cilantro (for garnish)
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic (for garnish)
- INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE:
- 1/2 cup fish sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lime squeezed
- Step 1 Marinate wings for 3 hours in a large zip-lock bag.
- Step 2 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wings on a baking sheet and reserve marinade in small saucepan.
- Step 3 Bake wings for 45 minutes. As they are baking, heat the marinade on medium high heat, and reduce until thick enough to coat a spoon. Take off from heat and set aside.
- Step 4 Heat your grill pan to medium heat. Using tongs, place wings on pan and grill for two minutes, then flip and grill another two minutes. Place wings on a large plate.
- Step 5 Drizzle the marinade glaze that you’ve made over the wings. Sprinkle granulated garlic and mix. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.