Ikan Bakar – Malaysian BBQ Fish
Try out this gorgeous recipe for Ikan Bakar. A Malaysian BBQ or grilled fish dish that can be cooked on the BBQ. Full of exotic flavours from South East Asia your friends will be super impressed!
BBQ fish – Ikan Bakar
- 2 small onions (approx)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 fresh lime leaves
- 1 tsp dried shrimp paste / belachan ( or 1 tsp fish sauce as an alternative)
- 1 inch piece ginger
- ½ tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- salt and pepper to season
- 2 – 3 fresh red chillies
- 2 whole large mackerels (could use seabass, trout, monkfish or squid even, whatever fish you fancy)
- Banana leaves to wrap fish in / or tin foil
Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor until a smooth paste. Smear paste all over your fish. Wrap the fish up either using banana leaves or tin foil. Leave to marinade for ½ hour then you are ready to cook it on he BBQ to give a lovely smoked flavour, or you can simply cook it in the oven. The fish should only take 10 – 15 minutes to cook on the BBQ depending how hot it is. You can tell the fish is cooked if the flesh has gone flaky and it comes away from the bone easily, also if the flesh has turned opaque it’s cooked!
Something different than the usual stack of meat at a BBQ and fish is so good for you. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know.