Monday, March 5, 2012

Chilli Lime Fish

Fish is trended again and of course, how can I not trend chillies simultaneously. Both in fact has become like a customary thingy in my house. Fish without a doubt, do I have to repeat myself? Must I repeat again and again (Grilled Fish Sandwich, Vietnamese Fish Soup, Thai Green Fish Curry, Kerala Fish Fry & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish)? No need right? Thank you so much. So, what's the cooking story for fish today (Nyonya Assam Fish Curry, Grilled SalmonMalaysian Indian Fish Curry, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf & Grilled Fish Sambal Stuffed)? Pretty much, you know me right? I don't get all worked up in my kitchen. I don't have the time anyway. So, I fried the fish marinated with turmeric powder and chilli powder and then, the chilli lime aromatic sauce tipped atop. Bang! Explosion of our Malaysian tastes!

For the fish (A)
1 thick piece (350g) kurau (or any other firm fish
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp rice flour
Salt for taste

For the sauce (B)
5 shallots - chopped
1/2 inch ginger - chopped
3-4 birds eye/red chillies - sliced thinly (or red chillies)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp calamansi/lime purut juice
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp water
2 stalks coriander leaves - shredded
2 stalks spring onion - shredded
Salt to taste (taste before adding)
Oil as needed

Marinate fish with ingredients listed in A for 1/2 hour.
Then fry the fish till crispy and brown.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same wok.
Add shallots, ginger and chillies.
Saute and add fish sauce, calamansi juice, water,sugar and salt.
Stir for a minute or two.
Off the heat and combine in coriander leaves and spring onion.
Stir and top sauce over fried fish.


  1. You tempting me with this YummY fish dish,my mouthwatering right now,I ve'been searching that Lime purut here,I never ever find it,just like pandan leaves is hard to find,i guess is only in malaysia and indonesia or south east asian country :) I just love the smell from that lime purut !!

  2. Spicy leh....
    Last time I cant eat spicy.. But when I moved to kl .. I was trained..

  3. I'm a happy girl even if it's just this dish and white rice ;) so gonna make my day!

  4. Oh, I love this! So, it's still a pretty dry dish, isn't it? Perfect! I love limau purut, just can't get them here. BTW, don't know if I mentioned somewhere but I made your noodles with udon (all I had), and they were great! Thanks!

  5. argh...see no evil.....tahan tahan tahan...wait a few days more...can eat spicy things yet

  6. I have been eating so much beef for the past few days, desperately need to add some omega 3 to my diet. This fish looks delicious. =D

  7. Hmm~ If I take this with porridge maybe it taste okay too. :)


  8. Gosh! I must make it a point not to come to your blog at midnight! First was Foccacia. Now this! I am so hungry!

    Good job!

    ps: you are a housewife? you can start opening your own restaurant!

  9. I am not familiar with most fish. This looks so easy. I have all the ingredients in my kitchen except for the fish.I will see if I get mackerel here.

  10. What an exquisite seafood dish - flavourings ar wonderful and I'm sure it would be a big hit :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. This looks really good..I love something SPICY, FIERY, SOUR..I should really try this!

  12. Your photos are gorgeous, Nava! And this exotic dish would make a lovely dinner~

  13. this so yummy Ms.Nava just in time for lenten season..thank you for this post..pasing by ;)

  14. Ok this does have the big three flavors, so I am definitely in. Interesting that this takes two types of flours, so I will need to try the coating to see the texture. This is another impressive recipe-glad I did not miss it.

  15. I love this combination of intense flavors - I would love to try this. I am bookmarking this for definite future use!

  16. This looks delicious - and being allergic when I see such a lovely recipe...sigh!

  17. Nice recipe...very tempting....

  18. Thank you everyone for the support and comments.

  19. Maybe I will want to reduce the spicyness...cant really take spicy food..hehehhehe

  20. i kinda hate fried fish dono y - - but it spicy yeahhhhhhh i will give it a try with noodle hahaha :)

  21. wow...loved the recipe dear ! Its a must try ...bookmarked !

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  23. I love this recipe..:) thanks for sharing..:) Fish in chili lime gravy, oh yummmy!!:)

  24. This sounds so fresh and delicious! Bookmarked this recipe for reference :)

  25. Nava!!!! this recipe totally my taste!!! love to try this!!!

  26. Divine! Oh, how I miss ikan kurau and limau purut!!! It's been a while.

  27. What a gorgeous plate! This looks and sounds so tasty! I love spicy & sour together! I've never heard of the fish you used but I'm sure this would be great with many others. Yum!!

  28. Lovely preparations. ..must try

  29. Always a pleasure đź‘Śđź‘Śđź‘Ś


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