Using Herbs and Spices

Acar Fish Recipe

Acar Fish Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 6

1/2 kg (1lb)

2 cloves


1 teaspoon



1/2 cup

3 tablespoons


1/2 teaspoon

2 tablespoons

Fish steaks


Small onion, roughly chopped

Chopped fresh ginger

Candlenuts (buah keras)

Fresh red chilies


Peanut oil

Medium onion, thinly sliced



Juice of half a lemon


Method :
  • Cut the fish steaks into serving pieces.

  • Rub with the lemon juice and a little salt.

  • Let stand while preparing other ingredients.

  • Put the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, candlenuts and seeded chilies into a container of electric blender with 2 tablespoons of the water and blend to a smooth puree.

  • Heat the peanut oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the fish (wiped with paper towels to remove excess moisture) over medium heat until brown on both sides.

  • Lift fish on to a plate.

  • Fry sliced onion in oil remaining in pan until golden brown.

  • Add blended ingredients and fry, stirring, until color darkens and it is cooked, about 3 or 4 minutes.

  • Wash out blender with measured water and add to pan.

  • Add salt. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Then add vinegar, return to the boil, add fish and heat through.

  • Serve with white rice, vegetable dishes and sambals.


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