Ikan Balado (Spicy Fried Fish)

Like I explained before, "balado" simply means "spicy spice". I've made a few balado dishes which are Telur Balado (Spicy Eggs), Kentang Balado (Spicy Potatoes), and Dendeng Balado (Spicy Dried Beef). You will see all the balado dishes are red 😉

This time I mixed it with fried fish pieces and It tastes like heaven, specially if you really like spicy foods, you should try this recipe. It needs just simple ingredients. I wanted to use mackerel tuna (ikan tongkol) and I couldn't find it, so I just bought frozen Atlantic salmon (Wild salmon) because It was only what I could find in local supermarket. And it works well, it's so tasty! 😉

Spicy Fried Fish (Photo credit : Veronica)
Spicy Fried Fish (Photo credit : Veronica)

Ikan Balado (Spicy Fried Fish)

Serve : 6

You need :
a food processor or a blender

Ingredients :
1 kg mackerel (I use frozen Atlantic salmon), cut into 2 cm-thick pieces.
2 lime leaves
1 bay leave
some all purpose flour
oil for frying

Spices :
10 red chilies
4 shallots, peel
4 cloves garlic, peel
3 tomatoes, cut into chunks (or 1 tbsp tomato paste to substitute)
3 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp sugar
salt to taste

Steps :
Thaw the frozen fish first if you use frozen one. Wipe them with paper towel to remove excess water. Sprinkle them with salt and coat with flour. Set aside.

For the spice, blend all spice ingredients into a food processor or a blender for a few seconds (for a chunky result) or blend them a little bit longer to make it smoother. Set aside.

Add in frying oil into a frying pan. Heat the oil over high heat and wait until the oil is ready. Fry the fish pieces until become golden brown and a little bit crispy. Drain on paper towel to remove excess oil. Do it in batches to make them crispier.

Prepare another pan over medium high heat. Add in the spice paste, lime leaves and bay leave, fry them until fragrance. Then add in the fried fish pieces. Mix well until the spice covers the fish.

Season with salt. Turn down the heat and continue cooking until the water from tomatoes evaporates (if you use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato paste). Turn off the heat and transfer into a serving plate.

Serve with white rice and another dishes like Stir-Fried Green Beans and Tempe, Perkedel Kentang, Perkedel Jagung, Sauteed Bean Sprouts and Tofu, etc.

Recipe by Veronica

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