Saturday, November 24, 2012

Grilled Fish with Spicy Sauce

Grilled Spanish Mackerel Fish with Sambal Sauce

This is what you might call a plain grill fish but it is certainly far from just plain. With the spicy sauce for dipping the fish meat, you will definitely ask for more grill fish in your next meal !

Although  mackerel fish are used, you can substitute them with your favorite fish such as Yellow tail Scad ( Ikan Selar ) or Torpedo Scad ( ikan cencaru ) or even Sardine Fish which are the favorites among the Chinese and Malay people.

Ikan bakar or ikan panggang are malay language which literally means- 
Ikan (fish ) and bakar ( burnt ) or panggang ( grilled )

Back in the old days, after a day's catch, fishermen would grill these left-over fish over charcoal for fragrant smell instead of frying them in the wok. Since the fish are coated with salt, this fish dish tasted just too plain to go with white rice. Hence, the fishermen invented sambal belacan or spicy sauce to dip the fish meat with and enhanced the spicy flavor that everyone started to fall in love with ! Grill fish is a great hit in barbeque parties and dinner or even a grand gathering for special occasions. 

Here is the recipe for the Grill Fish which I had used Spanish Mackerel fish...

Shrimp paste ( belacan )

Red and green chillies

Mackerel fish

Tamarind pulp


4 spanish mackerels-cleaned intestines
2 red chillies- sliced thinly
2 green chillies- sliced thinly
3 shallots- sliced thinly
Thumb size piece of shrimp paste ( belacan ) toasted and crumbled
½ cup tamarind juice ( mix 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp with 1/2 cup warm water )
Salt to taste


  • Coat lightly mackerel fish with a little salt.
  • Grill fish over a charcoal fire until cooked on both sides.
  • Alternatively, you can use your electric oven to grill the fish on both sides by turning the sides every 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the sauce.
  • Mix together all the ingredients and season to taste with salt.
  • Serve the fish hot with sauce either with rice or by itself.

EASY as 1, 2, 3 !!


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