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Sweet Soy Roasted Fish (Ikan Bakar) Recipe

Sweet Soy Roasted Fish (Ikan Bakar) Recipe

Sweet Soy Roasted Fish (Ikan Bakar) Recipe

There is something so deliciously alluring about the fresh scent of sea salt mingling with sweet soy sauce dripping from a grilled fish. All over Indonesia, from the capital city of Jakarta to the seaside villages in Bali, nondescript restaurants serve morning caught fish glazed in a simple mixture of sweet soy sauce and salt, grilled over an open flame. Besides the fact that this is a protein packed, low calorie dish, Sweet Soy Roasted Fish is a succulent staple in Indonesia, typically eaten with warm steamed rice and a side of spicy condiments and raw vegetables (known as lalapan). Whenever I miss that unmistakable Indonesian flavor, that finger licking caramelized goodness, I use this recipe, which is an easy alternative for home kitchens.

Ingredients :

    • 13/4 lb (850 g) whole fish (any medium texture fish such as tilapia or pompano or trout)
    • 1 cup (250 ml) sweet soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 11/2 tablespoons sea salt
    • 1 lime, cut into wedges
    • 1/2 cucumber, sliced

Method :

    1. Scale, clean, and ri nse the fish. Score the fish using a sharp knife three to four times on each side, making approximately two-inch slanted slices into the flesh.
    2. In a large baking dish, pour the sweet soy sauce and lime juice over the fish and rub evenly all over both sides. Allow to sit and marinate for about ten minutes.
    3. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Sprinkle the salt evenly on both sides of the fish. Bake the fish for approximately 20 minutes.
    4. Then turn the oven to high and broil fish for about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the strength of the oven. The top of the fish should be just beginning to caramelize and brown. Serve the fish immediately with lime wedges and cucumber slices on the side.