Whole Fish in Red Sauce (Ikan Bakar) Recipe

Whole Fish in Red Sauce (Ikan Bakar) Recipes

Ingredients :

4 plate size snapper (about 375g), cleaned and scaled

salt, to taste

2 tbsp white vinegar

6 tbsp vegetable oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1 tbsp sambal ulek

1cm piece of blachan, dry roasted

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped

Method :

Make 4 evenly spaced gashes on either side of the snapper. Rub the whole fish with the salt and vinegar. Set aside for 10-12 minutes. Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a pan. Shallow fry the fish on both sides for 5-7 minutes, until cooked. Alternatively, you can grill the fish. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium pan and add to the onion. Cook until soft. Add the sambal ulek and blachan. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and black pepper. Cook over a medium heat until the sauce is thick and pulpy. Stir in half the coriander. Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve hot, sprinkled with the remaining coriander.

This dish works well with any whole fish, such as snapper, trout or mackerel, or even fish fillets. However, the fish should be absolutely fresh.

Serves 4 - 6

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