Fish Sambal / Sambal Ikan...

A simple Fish Sambal recipe from my kitchen to you.... :)

I was looking high and low for threadfin (senangin)...unfortunately I didn't find them! And got myself some fresh mackerels. Initial plan is to just fry the mackerels but my younger sister requested for sambal, infact she said she'll eat anything made of fish! I teased her to eat it raw and she was willing to, if I pay her she might do it! I stepped back... :D

Realised I've not cooked fish sambal for some might as well cook it. The spiciness was just right because my kids need to eat the same. Everyone enjoyed the dish, so do myself! The fish was indeed very fresh. I had to do a quick photoshoot as there were few tummies already waiting for me!

You may try out this sambal with any fishes of your choice.


Ingredients :~
  • 10 blocks of fresh mackerel 
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • few dashes of coarse blackpepper
  • 5 shallots *
  • 7 cloves of garlic *
  • 1/2 inch ginger *
  • 1/2 inch shrimp paste / belacan *
  • 2 onions ~ sliced
  • 5 tbsp dried chilli paste / cili boh ~ add or less to your preference
  • 2 stalks lemongrass ~ slightly crushed 
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • salt
  • 2 cups water
  • oil

Method :~
  1. Rub fish blocks with turmeric powder, blackpepper and some salt. Leave aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Using a food processor, blend smooth ingredients marked *.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and fry the fish blocks until golden. Place on paper towel.
  4. Using the same oil, stir fry the blended ingredients together with lemongrass for 1 minute.
  5. Add dried chilli paste and continue stirring for another 5-7 minutes over medium heat, until the raw smell leaves. 
  6. Stir in the sliced onion and fry for another 1 minute. Pour water, tamarind paste and salt. 
  7. Allow the gravy to boil and thickens a little.
  8. Place the fried fish blocks in the gravy and mix gently. Allow to simmer and check for sallt. Add if needed. 
  9. Dish out and ready to be served :)

Hey wait, don't go yet! Hahaha...there's something I would like to share with you still...

One of my recent Giveaway winners, Amelia from Amelia's De-ssert has posted the goodies she received from me in her blog. And to my surprise, she really made use some of the goodies I sent. Head over to her brilliant and creative post HERE to see what she has done with them. How many of you have turned a normal cupcake into flower pots? Amelia did! Such a creative woman she is. I nicked her The Desserts Queen! :)

I happened to call her to inform that the goodies box has been couriered to her. And know what, that was suppose to be our first tele-chat, but we talked to each other like no-strangers, lol! I must admit that we two are so talkatives. She, in return sent me these beautiful art pieces, virtually of couse...I love them all, Amelia. You are so thoughtful...and yeah I will get them in real when we happened to meet one day, yay! :)

Look at these gorgeous...

Chocolate Candy Bouquet

Prune Sunflower Cupcakes...

Prune Garden Cupcakes...

Gorgeous handwork Amelia, I can hardly do a! Tonnes of thank you :)

And, since you love teddies, here's a...



  1. Love, sedapnya nampak sambal ikan tu...k.gee nk try buat untuk kami berbuka puasa hari ini...TQ bg idea

    1. Hi Kak Jee, sambal ikan yang simple je kak...hope you'll like it ya :) Selamat Berpuasa!

  2. hahahaaha... SRK lagi ke love? bulan puasa SRK kene duduk tepi sikit. hehe

    sorry lama tak jenguk ke sini, ai bz sangat lately dan bulan puasa ni baru ada masa terluang. hope love n famly semuanya sihat2. dan sambal ikan tu mmg sangat2 menggoda tau. haishhh nak mengail ikan la jap lagi. hehe

    1. Ooops yaaa puasa...SRK kena duduk tepi2! Hihihi, I see SRK, ingat kat Izah pulak! We are all good here Izah, pun sibuk gak. Ada masa baru BW. Cepat gi kail ikan tuh :)

  3. Hi Love, thank you sooooo... much for the mention. And I'm so glad and happyyyyy........that you love my creation. You sure bright up my day with your posting. Thank you so much for the bear, I bring back to my blog and will add in my posting. I love the nicknamed you gave me Desserts Queen. I think I'm one of them cos I eat dessert more than I eat rice.LOL

    Ya, it was really nice chatting with you like as it's we've meet and know each other for ages. I'm definitely a talkative person who talk no end.If we meet one of this day, guess we might talk until kitchen on fire. LOL

    Love your fish sambal, I can practically smell from here. I want to add extra rice please, hahaha
    As usual your picture is excellent. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a nice day, warm regards. With hugs and love to you.

  4. Sedapnya sambal ikan itu...dan cupcake tu pun sangat menawan..tak tau nak pilih yg mana satu..semuanya menggoda..

  5. hai Love...sgt mnawan hati sambal ikan tu...idea yg bgus utk buat bbuka hujung mgu nti...tq resepi...muahhh

  6. suka sangat sambal ikan..
    makan ngan nasi panasss...

  7. sedapnye makan lauk bersambal macam ni.mmg sinonim dengan nasi panas..

  8. Hai LOVE

    woww..sooo delicous!

    k.ct paling suka meratah ikan yang dimasak macam ni. Selalunya sambal tu mesti kasi lebih2lah LOVE sure lepas makan 2jam lagi I akan buat lempeng cecah lagi dengan sambal ikan tu hahaha.

  9. Weeeeeeeeee....looks tempting dear! Love, you pun sama menggoda tekak2 kitaorg taaauuu....adeeeii lambatnya lagi berbuka....huhuhu... ^___^

  10. I love fish done this way. This sambal recipe is a keeper.

  11. i have a weakness for curry and sambal..i think most malaysians do! this is sure a 'tambah nasi' dish!
    yes, amelia is a very talented lady and artistic too, i need to chk out her 'flowerpots'!

  12. hi love ..
    sambal ikan the best menu la..tak pernah jemu masak sambal fav lol:)

  13. Lovely flowerpots !! hats off to her creativity....
    The sambal pics are so real that I want to have it from the screen itself ;-)

  14. delicious fish....gorgeous cupcakes!!!

  15. Love...hello dear..missed you so much..xmo komen pasal ikan sambal sbb dah tau mmg sedap..
    Cantiklah pinggan..I likeee

  16. deliziosi i tuoi cioccolattini rossi!!!brava anche per il resto un saluto....

  17. Hi love!!tergoda tgk sambal ikan u...sib baik baru sudah mkn..hehe

  18. Hi Love!!

    How are u dear?? I love to eat Indian fish u have the
    recipe or not...sedap aah...kak Nur suka...the fish sambal which
    u cooked look plate for akak jgn lupa tau.

    1. Hi Kak Nur...ada ke Indian fish sambal. Hehe tak tau pulak Love. Mak love pun sll masak style gini je...:)
      Okay plate reserved for you!

  19. hello love,
    the sambal fish really look sedaplah..kalau dapat makan time sahur ini aje pun dah bolehlah pada akak..

  20. Wow...ur kids have have grown up so fast...ur daughter looks very pretty. had been away from commenting on all blogs due to some health reasons...really missed ur blog ..have to catch up.
    sambal fish looks so tempting...I was looking at ur kids that I actually forgot to look at the recipe...May God shower his blessing upon you and ur family.
    Take care.

  21. I can have two plates of rice to go with this sambal fish, sound so good!


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