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Ikan Masak Kicap

I guess then? When we have exhausted our avenues for inventing new dishes, yet we still have to cook, I think the best will be flipping or looking back at our previous recipes (Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas, Teochew Steamed Fish, Spicy Grilled Fish & Fish Curry), and making some changes here and there for a different kinda? Wouldn't you agree (Steamed White Pompret, Fish Sambar & Belacan Fish), I hope you are agreeing with me that its not everyday we feel like being a mover and shaker in our kitchen? There will be days we just drag ourselves for entering our kitchen and sometimes that means we can ditch the pots and pans for eating out. Anywhere for the matter, of course affordable according to our budget can be hawker stalls (Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf, Grilled Fish Sambal Stuffed & Ikan Pari/Stingray Sambal) or we still put up a dish at home and a dish which does not rely on many ingredients. Ikan Masak Kicap. Soy Sauce Fish. Is always possible and when you grow your own lemongrass/serai, plus you already have the needed ingredients? Right. In my house, like I have repeated myself, I don't know how many times, fish is the brain food for my other half-half and I? Okay for me and usually, I settle for our local catch. So, ikan kembung lathered/gently lathered alongside turmeric powder and salt, and fried (Crispy Chilli Fish), thereafter, tip into soy sauce, fish sauce and lemongrass scented sauce and finally spring onion garnished (Chilli Soy Fish & Chilli Lime Fish), known as Ikan Masak Kicap was the outcome. Our satisfying Malaysian fish dish which will never let us down and trust me, adding fish sauce and lemongrass does add another food loving dimension to Ikan Masak Kicap. 

For fish
8 pieces of ikan kembung/mackerel (de-gut and clean) 
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt for taste
** Combine and mix together.

For sauce
1 lemongrass 
1/2 inch ginger 
5 shallots 
2-3 red chillies
2-3 sprigs coriander leaves
** Slice these ingredients thinly
1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sweet soya sauce
1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
Spring onion curls for garnishing
Oil as needed
Salt (if only needed)

Fry fish and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Saute all the sliced ingredients (just for 1-2 mins)
Add everything else except fish and spring onion.
Pour about 2-3 tbsp of water if more gravy is likeable. 
Stir and add fish.
Gently stir again for fish to be absorbed in the sauce.  
Dish out and garnish with spring onion.


  1. Love the colours that stand out in this dish! We make a simpler variation with onions and chillies but I'd love to incorporate all these elements the next time I cook fish. And thank you for your words on my blog today!:)

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  2. you make all delicious delicacy, looks so tempting with all the veges on the top.

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  4. Always love the Malaysian delicacies... Though nvr had this before... I love ur recipe

  5. Those toppings certainly add flavour & colours to the dish! Lovely plating, Nava!

  6. Love this dish and love your plating. A sweet and tangy spicy Asian sauce always goes great with meat or fish.

  7. It looks beautiful...nice clicks!!!!

  8. hmm, I have never tried such a dish before. I am sure its very tasty due to the ingredients - lemongrass, ginger, soy sauce and even lime

  9. Well captured and looks so delicious :)

  10. Looks very yummy wanna eat it right now :D Navs

  11. Love using lemongrass..
    Although not a big fan of fish, this looks so delicious, I am drolling. My family loves seafood and this is such a neat recipe.

  12. Looks very delicious, Love it dear, very healthy...

  13. Hi Nava, you're an excellent cook. This fish look really inviting. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Best regards.

  14. Yum! This fish sounds amazing and I am sure I would not be able to get enough of it!!

  15. Nava, your photos are always so mouth watering! Not only are the flavours give a special touch to your dishes with your choice of colours and garnishes.

  16. Very mouthwatering! This calls for extra rice even though I am trying to cut down my rice intake.

  17. Great plate presentation it sound amazing to try.

  18. Very well presented...looks super delish


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