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Ikan Kod Bakar

Indonesian Broiled Cod

Indonesian Broiled Cod

I had some frozen cod I wanted to use, and this Indonesian recipe for broiled tilapia sounded good - I figured there would be no problem substituting one fish for the other. There wasn't and indeed, the fish was quite good, though not terribly attractive (the blue dots in the photo are from oxidized garlic).


Indonesian Broiled Cod


    For the spice paste

  • 1 large shallot, peeled and quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1" ginger root, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek or to taste

    For the fish

  • 1 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • 1 lb cod fillets or another white fish
  • 1/4 cup kecap manis*
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt


Using a mini-chopper, food processor or blender, process all the ingredients for the spice paste together and set aside.

Mix the tamarind concentrate with a bit of water until fully dissolved, set aside.

Place the cod fillets in a large bowl and add the spice paste, tamarind water, kecap manis, lime juice, coriander and salt. Mix well and let marinate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place cod on the baking sheet and broil until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

Adapted from Anita's recipe at Daily Cooking Quest

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