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Fried Mackerel with Sambal (Sambal Ikan)

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Fried Fish with sambal or sambal ikan is a very popular Malay dish in Malaysia. There are many variations of sambal sauce, with a range of hot chilli pepper used as primary ingredients and other secondary ingredients including spices, garlic, ginger, shallot, onion, spring onion (scallion), sugar, lime juice, lemon juice, shrimp paste (called belacan in Malay) and rice vinegars or other types of vinegars. All these varieties of sambal sauce are normally served as hot and spicy condiments for Malay dishes like fried fish (ikan goreng), grilled fish (ikan bakar) and fried chicken (ayam goreng).

GF Fried Mackerel with Sambal Chilli Sauce

Fried Mackerel with Sambal Chilli Sauce

Conventionally, sambal sauces are made with the use of a mortar and ingredients are pounded with the pestle. Freshly prepared sambal sauces are either served cooked or fresh. Sambal sauces are also used as a spice paste for fried rice or fried noodles and cooking and braising meat, seafood or vegetables. Nowadays, there are also many brands and varieties of pre-prepared sambal sauces readily available in Asian groceries stores and supermarkets. For my gluten free recipe, ingredients used include long fresh red chillies, small dried red chillies, garlic, onions, onion shallots, ginger, assam (tamarind) paste and spices like paprika, turmeric and curry leaves. My gluten free sambal sauce is served as a hot and spicy condiment alongside pan fried mackerel cutlets. You can also serve the sambal chilli sauce on top of the pan fried Mackerel if preferred. This gluten free recipe is also soy free, dairy free, nut free and egg free.

Gluten Free Fried Mackerel with Sambal Chilli Sauce

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  1. Heidi Roberts
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    I am not a great mackerel lover but these sound really tasty!

    • daphnegoh
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      You can use any of your favourite fish for the dish. The star of this dish is the sambal sauce that will make any fried fish, grilled fish or fried chicken taste delicious. :)

  2. Riz
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    Holy mackerel Daphne! This looks great! (And I know this is going to make me sound a little weird, but I love that you’ve contrasted that lovely orange/red sambal sauce with the green wooden table!


    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      The sambal sauce is really good with fried fish, grilled fish or even fried chicken. I don’t think you sounded weird at all, I love the colour contrast too, that’s why I chose this combination of orange/red with green background. :)

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