Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grilled Belacan (Shrimp Paste) Lemon Grass Fish

Belacan/shrimp paste and lemongrass are two of my favorite ingredients. Always and almost for most of the savoury dishes. These two ingredients were cooked with chilli paste for the sambal. Then stuffed into the cencaru, placed on banana leaves, baked and served with lime/lemon wedges.  For other fish recipes, take a look at fried kembung with assam sauce. fried fish with cili padi sauce and fried fish with soy sauce and grilled pari/stingray sambal.

2 (abt 300g) Cencaru/Torpedo Scad Fish -de-gut, keep the hard skin on top and and make incisions on both edges.
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
Banana leaves - 2 or 3 large pieces. 
Lemon/lime wedges

For Stuffing/Sambal
1 tbsp dried chilli paste
3 shallots - sliced thinly
1 lemon grass - shredded
1/2 tsp belacan/shrimp powder
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste (use sparingly)

Rub turmeric and salt all over the fish and keep aside.
Into  heated oil, fry shallots and lemongrass with chilli paste till aromatic and oil splits.  
Add belacan powder and season with salt. 
Stir to combine in, remove and cool down.
Stuff  fish with the sambal. In between the incisions.
Lay banana leaves on a baking tray and put fish on top.
Gently wrap (not so tightly)
Grill at 175C for about 50 mins.
(Note; turn to cook on both sides)
Serve with lemon/lime wedges.
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  1. OMG looks so delicious! I want some with hot piping rice now!!

  2. I love grilled fish, but I would prefer string ray. More flesh, no bones :P

  3. never tried shrimp powder. does it taste like shrimp??
    . this sounds fantastic.. I'll have to try it

    Thank you

  4. i love shrimp paste...the stink shrimp.. :)

  5. Hilda, ya, think you can try with string ray but wonders how to stuff the fish unless you wrap the fish with the sambal over the banana leaf.

    Jim - belacan does not taste like shrimp, its very strong in smell and either you like it or not.

    Queerpinkfish & Sharlot - thanks for your comments.

  6. Shirley - hope you try and your feedback will be appreciated.


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