Ingredients

  • Serves 2-4 people
  • 4 Mackerel Fish, About 250g Each

    4 Bay Leaves

    2 Lemongrass Stalks, Halved And Crushed 

    4 Banana Leaves

    8 pcs Toothpicks

    30 g Shallots, Thinly Sliced

    25 g Garlic, Thinly Sliced

    4 Green Tomatoes, Cut Into Quarters

    2 Red Tomatoes, Cut Into Quarters

    80 g Fresh Basil

    1 Stalk Leek, Thinly Sliced

     

    For the spice paste:

    12 g Big / Curly Red Chili

    18 g Candlenuts, Toasted

    15 g Galangal

    15 g Ginger

    15 g Turmeric

    5 g Coriander

    4 g White Pepper

    25 g Salt

    8 g Sugar

    5 g Chicken Powder

     

Pepes Ikan Kembung (Steamed Spiced Fish in Banana Leaf)
Recipe Courtesy of
Asian Food Network

Pepes Ikan Kembung (Steamed Spiced Fish in Banana Leaf)

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If you are looking for a healthy fish dish, Pepes is the perfect solution. For this Indonesian recipe, all you need to do is season the mackerel with a flavorful blend of spices before wrapping it up in a banana leaf and steaming it. Upon cooking, the fragrant spices will release an aroma that is pleasant and slightly sweet. You can also grill it for a more smoky taste. Serve this up for dinner and pair it with white rice for a wholesome meal.
  • Easy
  • 60 min
  • 45 min
  • 15 min
  • 2 steps
  • 21 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 2 steps
  • 21 Ingredients
  • 60 min
  • 45 min
  • 15 min

Instructions

  1. Prepare the fish and spice paste

    • Clean the mackerel of its glils and innards, wash it thoroughly.

    • In a food processor, add the big / curly red chili, candlenuts, galangal, ginger, turmeric, coriander, white pepper, salt, sugar and chicken powder. Blend into a smooth paste.

    • Place the mackerel in a mixing bowl and pour the spice paste in. Stir until well combined.

    • To the bowl, add the shallots, garlic, green tomatoes, red tomatoes and leeks. Mix well to combine.

    Prepare the fish and spice paste


  2. Steam the fish

    • Take 1 banana leaf and place a fish on it. Scoop out some of the spices onto the fish. 

    • On the fish, place 1 half of a lemongrass stalk, 1 bay and 20 g worth of basil leaves. 

    • Roll up the banana leaf and fasten both ends closed with toothpicks. Repeat until all the mackerel is wrapped in banana leaves.

    • Steam the banana leaf parcels for 30 mins on medium heat.

    Steam the fish


Plate and Serve!

Unwrap the fish and serve it hot with steamed white rice.

Plate and Serve!
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    Ingredients
    • Serves 2-4 people
    • 4 Mackerel Fish, About 250g Each

      4 Bay Leaves

      2 Lemongrass Stalks, Halved And Crushed 

      4 Banana Leaves

      8 pcs Toothpicks

      30 g Shallots, Thinly Sliced

      25 g Garlic, Thinly Sliced

      4 Green Tomatoes, Cut Into Quarters

      2 Red Tomatoes, Cut Into Quarters

      80 g Fresh Basil

      1 Stalk Leek, Thinly Sliced

       

      For the spice paste:

      12 g Big / Curly Red Chili

      18 g Candlenuts, Toasted

      15 g Galangal

      15 g Ginger

      15 g Turmeric

      5 g Coriander

      4 g White Pepper

      25 g Salt

      8 g Sugar

      5 g Chicken Powder

       

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