Sunday, October 11, 2009

Grilled Fish/Shrimp with Sweet Dipping Sauce

I have been craving for some Malaysian style grill fish for the longest time. I never fail to get this type of grill fish from the Ramadan market when I was living in Malaysia. I like the simplicity of the grill fish with just a touch of salt, pepper and some turmeric powder. The result is perfect. The fish is moist, the skin is crispy and it was delicious with the spicy sweet dipping sauce. Since I have some shrimps in my freezer I added it to the grill too.


1 whole fish (type of fish is up to you)
Some shrimps or calamari
2 tsp of turmeric powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Dipping Sauce:

Juice of 2 lemons
3 tbsp of kicap manis (Indonesian sweet dark soy sauce)
1 ripe tomato – cut into small cubes
1 shallot – cut into cubes
2 bird eyes chilies – slice thinly

1. Clean fish and shrimp. Pad it dry with paper towel. Marinate it with turmeric powder, salt and pepper and set it aside for an hour.
2. For the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients together and set it aside in the fridge.
3. You can grill the fish and shrimp on top of the grill or just line a baking pan with some aluminum foil. Drizzle it with some oil and line the fish and shrimps on the baking pan. Using the broiler, grill the fish and shrimp until cooked and lightly brown. Remember to flip the fish and shrimp half way through the grilling.
4. Serve it warm with the dipping sauce.

All the computers at home are acting up and I am so frustrated. I might have problem visiting my favorite blogs and leaving comments. Sorry about that.


Little Inbox said...

Not so easy to get small fish in the market there, right?

maybelle's mom said...

I have had this before, and I am surprised at how few ingredients it is.

Angie's Recipes said...

Simplicity at its best!
Looks yummy!
Angie's Recipes

daphne said...

ahhh.. I can only imagine the taste of this. I'm such a seafood fan-and the grill looks like the "grill taste" has sipped in the prawns too. Lovely for sure!

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a nice meal! If the lettuce is banana leaf, that would be perfect.

Shereen said...

Evil you!!!Now I pun dah gian...hahaha!!!!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

These look really like those selling outside, especially the dipping sauce, look really nice. I think you must miss MY foods a lot..

ramizah said...

this is common dish during ramadham in Malaysia..Normally we grill Ikan pari atau terubuk.

Jo said...

I'm drooling already and I've already had dinner! Everything looks delicious and am also eyeing the dipping sauce.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

I can seriously just eat plain rice with that sauce. Is that fish called "selar"? I love to fry or grill it, with turmeric powder, like you. It's finger-licking good. Very appetising photos!!

Zurin said...

My fave way of eating fish too. The prawns look so YUM!

Zue Murphy said...

This is really a nice should I say kampong dish. I would not pass up grilled fish and the dipping sauce. Must eat it while it is still hot.

Beachlover said...

love this type of grilled fish!! can eat daily!! your shrimps is calling my name now!! hahaha!

ICook4Fun said...

Little Inbox, actually we can get some pretty good small fishes here.

Maybelle's mom, yes, this dish is really simple.

Angie, yes it is :)

Daphne, me too.

LCOM, yea too bad I don't have banana leaf on hand.

Shereen, you are back!! Buatlah some for the family :)

Sonia, tell me about it. I miss Malaysian food everyday ha ha..

Ramizah, too bad tak ada ikan terubuk kat sini kalau tidak lagi sedap kan :)

Jo, you should try the dipping sauce. It's sweet, spicy and tangy. Really appetizing :)

Little Teochew, yes it is ikan selar. I like it fried too.

Zurin, the prawns is really sweet.

Zue, yea is a very traditional kampong dish :)

Lesley, make some for yourself :)

Kiersten said...

You know, during Ramadhan month, I've seen many posts done by Malaysian bloggers on the Ramadhan bazaar and how I miss grilled fish! Especially with the dipping sauce! Your grilled fish and shrimps make me hungry and salivating.

When I get my own place, I am going to try out your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Elin Chia said...

I love this too. Delicious! I get frustrated too when the computer is acting up. Hope you get it the problem fixed soon :))

3 hungry tummies said...

looks delicious!!!

Christelle said...

Humm, so umami, irresistible!! :)and that dipping sauce, aaah! :)

Rebecca Lee said...

Hi, can we know who you are? What is your name? We can't address you as Icook4fun ! Ha !
Well, I went to Hatyai and ate the best seafood and they served a very very delicious dipping sauce for any seafood, I came back and hunted high and low for 1 year, my sister-in-law gave me a Thai Cuisine recipe books I found the recipe in it. I would like to share with you.
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped garlic, 1/2 Tbsp chopped chili, /cili api -- the bird eye chili, 1 tesp chopped coriander, 1/2 tesp fish sauce, 2 Tbsp lime juice, Boil 1Tbsp sugar with 1/3 cup water and cool it, Then add in all the chopped ingredients into it and season to taste.
In Hatyai, they coarsely pound all the ingredients and not chopped.

ICook4Fun said...

Kiersten, ha ha yes during Ramadhan it is all about food food food.

Elin, yeap Carlos fixed it already.

3 hungry tummies, thank you.

Christelle, the dipping sauce is really good.

Rebecca Lee, you can read about me at the profile.