Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Spicy Grilled Fish (Ikan Bakar)

Ikan Bakar
Ikan Bakar is a popular Malaysian street food. The vendors put on a great show to impress you but it’s actually really simple to cook at home. You can get the nice charred flavour and look with the help of the humble toaster oven and worchestershire  sauce. This recipe work well on most kinds of fish especially the white flaky ones. I like flounders the most.

1). 700g (1 1/2lbs) fish (or any size that can fit into the toaster oven)
2). 3 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
3). 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
4). 3 teaspoon cornflour
5). pinch of salt and pepper

1). Combine turmeric powder, cornflour, salt and pepper in a dry bowl.
2). Dry fish with paper towels and cut 2-3 deep slits on both sides of the fish.
3). Rub worchestershire sauce all over the fish.
4). Dry hands and coat fish (including the slits) with the spice rub.
5). Heat 2 tablespoons on oil in a frying pan or wok. Brown one side of the  fish then turn it over and brown other side.
7). Transfer the fish on to the toaster oven tray lined with lightly greased aluminium foil.
8). Set oven to “toast” and grill fish for 5 minutes on each side.

The fish will turn out charred on the outside but moist and flaky on the inside. Squeeze some lime juice on top and it’s ready to be served!

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