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Grilled Fish with Basil and Tomato Sambal Recipe – Resep Ikan Bakar Colo Colo

Grilled Fish with Basil and Tomato Sambal Recipe - Resep Ikan Bakar Colo Colo

Grilled Fish with Basil and Tomato Sambal Recipe – Resep Ikan Bakar Colo Colo

Fish, grilled plain or wrapped in banana leaves, is very popular on the eastern Indonesian islands of Sulawesi and Maluku. This recipe from Maluku is very simple—flavored with a typical Colo Colo Sambal.

Ingredients :

  • 21 whole fresh fish (about 2 lbs/1 kg), or 11/2 lbs (700 g) fish steaks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large banana leaf or aluminum foil, for wrapping

Colo Colo Sambal

  • 3–4 red finger-length chilies or bird’s-eye chilies, deseeded and sliced
  • 4 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 4 sprigs Asian basil, minced
  • 4 tablespoons sweet Indonesian soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice

Method :

  1. If using whole fish, scale, gut and clean the fish, then make several shallow diagonal slits on each side. Season the fish with the salt and lime or lemon juice, then brush it with the oil. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Make the Colo Colo Sambal by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing well.
  3. Scald the banana leaf in a basin by pouring boiling water over it, then wipe it dry. Wrap the seasoned fish in the banana leaf or aluminum foil. Cook the parcel directly over hot charcoal or under a preheated broiler until the banana leaf is evenly browned and the fish is done, 10 to 15 minutes on each side.
  4. Unwrap the fish parcel and spoon the sambal over it. Serve immediately. Alternatively serve the Colo Colo Sambal in a small bowl on the side.

Serves 4
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

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Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen

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See also Indonesian Recipe “Lemongrass Tamarind Fish Recipe – Resep Arsin Ikan Mas”