Grilled Fish Sunda Kelapa

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 162


FOR THE FISH AND BUMBOO (Seasoning Mixture):
4 snapper, , pompano or other small whole fish, (each about 1 pound), cleaned and trimmed of fins, heads and tails left on
1 cup lime juice, fresh
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt, coarse (kosher or sea)
6 tablespoons butter, (3/4 stick), unsalted
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, large, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced fresh
1/2 teaspoon turmeric, ground


1. Rinse the fish, inside and out, under cold running water, then drain and blot dry with paper towels. Make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes, to the bone, in each side of each fish. Place the fish in a nonreactive baking dish large enough to hold them in one layer and set aside while you prepare the bumboo.

2. Combine the lime juice, water, and salt in a medium-size bowl and whisk until the salt is dissolved. Pour the mixture over the fish in the baking dish, turn once or twice to coat, then cover and let marinate, in the refrigerator, for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the spiced butter. Melt the butter in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat, then stir in the lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, shallot, ginger, and turmeric. Simmer until fragrant but not brown, about 5 minutes, then remove from the heat.

5. When ready to grill, drain the fish, reserving the bumboo. Brush each fish on both sides with the spiced butter. Generously oil the grill grate and arrange the fish on it. Brush the fish lavishly with the reserved bumboo. Grill until the undersides of the fish are nicely browned, 6 to 10 minutes, brushing with additional spiced butter and bumboo as the fish cook.

6. Using a long spatula, carefully invert each fish onto a banana leaf or foil rectangle. Brush again with spiced butter and continue grilling until the fish are nicely browned on their second sides and the flesh breaks into firm flakes when pressed with a finger, 6 to 10 minutes more brush once more with the butter as the fish finish cooking.

7. Using the spatula, carefully transfer the fish to a serving platter. Bring them to the table and fillet, and serve, or serve whole, to be eaten with fingers.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 162
Calories from Fat: 150

This Grilled Fish Sunda Kelapa recipe is from the The Barbecue Bible Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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