Sesame Baked Fish with a Hot Ginger Marinade (Ikan Panggang Bungkus) Recipe

Sesame Baked Fish with a Hot Ginger Marinade (Ikan Panggang Bungkus) Recipes

Ingredients :

2 red snapper, parrot fish or monkfish tails, weighing about 350g each

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 piece fresh ginger, 2.5cm long, peeled and thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 small red chilies, seeded and finely chopped

4 shallots or 1 medium onion, halved and sliced

2 tbsp water

1 piece shrimp paste, 12mm square, or 1 tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

juice of 2 limes

3-4 banana leaves, or aluminium foil

1 lime,  to garnish

2 red chili flowers, to garnish

Method :

Clean the fish inside and out under cold running water. Pat dry with kitchen paper. Slash both sides of each fish deeply with a knife to enable the marinade to penetrate effectively. If using parrot fish, rub with fine salt and leave to stand for 15 minutes. (This will remove the chalky coral flavor often associated with the fish). To make the marinade, heat the vegetable and sesame oils in a wok, add the sesame seeds and fry until golden. Add the ginger, garlic, chilies and shallots or onion and soften over a gentle heat without burning. Add the water, shrimp paste of fish sauce, sugar, pepper and lime juice, simmer for 2-3 minutes and allow to cool. If using banana leaves, remove the central stem and discard. Soften the leaves by dipping in boiling water. To keep them supple, rub all over with vegetable oil. Spread the marinade over the fish, wrap in the banana leaf and fasten with a bamboo skewer, or wrap the fish in foil. Leave to fish in a cool place to allow the flavors to mingle, for up to 3 hours. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4 or light a barbecue and allow the embers to settle to a steady glow. Place the wrapped fish on a wire rack or baking sheet and cook for 35-40 minutes.

Tropical fish are found increasingly in supermarkets, but oriental food stores usually have a wider selection.

Serves 4 - 6

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