Balinese Spiced Fish

(Ikan Bumbu Bali)

Excellent and Nutritious Indonesian Side Dish

The Balinese spices gives the extra sensation

Balinese Spiced Fish or Ikan Bumbu Bali in Indonesian is a very popular fish recipe and it's not only for local people, also outside Indonesia, this fried fish with special spice is also loved by many people.

As you have already known that Bali is very popular with their seafood, so this fish recipe is also one of their famous recipe. It's worth of try to taste this delicious fish. And at the same time you get health and nutritious food.

The Recipe:

Preparation time: 1/2 hour Cooking time: 1 hour Serve: 10 people


  • 1 kilogram milkfish
  • 1 lime juice
  • 1 lemon grass stalk, diced in 2 pieces,bruised
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon sweet soya sauce
  • vegetable oil
  • 5 shallots
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 6 candlenuts
  • 100 gram Red Chilies
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger (1 inch)
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind water
  • Sugar
  • Salt


  • Make a smooth paste of shallots, garlic, red chilies, candlenuts, and ginger. You can use Mortar and Pestle in traditional way or use food processor, which is the easiest and the fastest way.
  • After the paste completely smooth, add tamarind water, some sugar and salt. Set aside.
  • Clean the fish and cut in several pieces. Rub the fish with turmeric powder, lime juice and salt. Let it stand for a while, about 15 minutes
  • Heat the oil and bake the fish, and fry it until it has golden brown color. Remove and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon oil in the pan, and add the paste and lemon grass stalk. Fry it until fragrant. Add some water. Let it boil. Add the fried fish and sweet soya sauce and stir it until the sauce has thickened and becomes oily.
  • Ready to serve

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