Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas

Ikan Masin. Salted Fish. Oh my goodness! My all time, anytime favourite. In fact, I won't mind every day and for every meal. Then again, too much of saltiness (Dried Shrimp Sambal, Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis Petai & Ikan Bilis Fried Rice) has been said as not good for our health (Kangkung Belacan)? I know. Yet, I can't resist salted fish and if you really give it a good soak and rinse, I think salted fish should be okay right? I think so. Masak Lemak on the other hand is the typical Malay style dish (Ikan Assam Pedas, Ayam Goreng Berempah Petai Prawn Sambal), or can be said as the non-vegetarian version of our Indian sodhi. Both basically showcasing coconut milk as the core or one of the primary ingredients (Nasi Lemak Prawn Sambal Coconut Grapefruit Jelly). Alright, let's now get down to the business of cooking Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas (Salted Fish Pickle, Pada Salt Fish Pickle & Salted Fish Mango Sambal). Salted fish/ikan masin, coconut milk, pineapple/nenas and a grounded/blended paste made from chilies, fresh turmeric, onion, garlic, belacan and lemongrass/serai, and garnished with turmeric leaves (Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin, Pumpkin Salt fish Curry, Pineapple Salted Fish Curry & Bean Sprouts Salted Fish).  

500g salted fish - soak to remove excess salt.  Drain off water and keep aside.
1 small pineapple - remove skin and eyes, cut into chunks
1 cup thick coconut milk
Salt to taste (taste before adding)
1 turmeric leaf - slice (for garnishing)

4-5 green birds’eye chillies (can replace with green chillies)
1 inch fresh turmeric/kunyit hidup
1 medium size red onion
4 garlic
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste
1 lemongrass

Add salted fish, pineapple, grounded ingredients and 2 cups of water into a pot.
Simmer till salted fish and pineapple are cooked. 
Pour in coconut milk.
Season with salt. 
Simmer to heat through before removing from heat. 
Garnish with turmeric leaf.


  1. This should awesome combo sweet pineapple and salted fish what a balance.

  2. This is so unique, Nava! Never knew salted fish can be cooked this way.

  3. I have some good salted fish in the fridge and lots of pineapple since it idea why is everyone gifting pineapple this year. LOL.

    Will certainly be making this for the weekend!

  4. so long never eat this...I am so miss this awesome dishes with hot rice.

  5. Do much tropical deliciousness here :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Not sure about salted fish but any fish with pineapple in coconut gravy sounds delicious.

  7. So interesting this recipe with pineapple and coconut...I never had it this way...although back in Brazil it is very common to cook fish and seafood with coconut milk.
    Hope you are enjoying your week Nava :)

  8. I never thought there could be another way to cook salted fish aside from frying or grilling. This sounds interesting, Nava...and looks very appetizing too!
    Btw, Happy Valentine's Day to you and your better half!

  9. I have never try such a dish before!

  10. Wow!This is very tasty,i'll need to tambah nasi.

  11. I will love to try this if I find all the ingredients it look so delicious.

  12. Nice comination of salted fish and pineapple. Havent tried till now. Tropical touch and coconut milk looks exotic. Will try it tommorrow. The creamy color is making me drool

  13. Lovely color and beautiful dish. Love it. Yum Yum :)


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