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The Most Tempting Indonesian Fish Meals

Being the country of seas and islands, fishermen and sailors, Indonesia represents one of the world’s most tempting destinations for people who are looking forward to surprising their sense of taste in a most pleasant way when it comes to Indonesian fish meals.

There is no wonder that the Indonesian fish meals are widely known and pretty popular among the local people, but there are also numerous fish meals from this incredible country that are popular in the other parts of world, as well, and this is owed to the fact that the Indonesian cuisine combines different influences in some spectacularly tasty ways.

Now, let’s check out which of these extraordinary meals are considered as the most flavorful and the most tempting fish meals in different areas of the country.

The Tastiest Indonesian Fish meals in Different Parts of the country

The Fish Flavors of Sulawesi

When it comes to tastiest dishes made of fish, Sulawesi can brag with some of the finest and the following ones are on the top of the fish offer of this island.

Ikan Bakar Sambal Dabu-Dabu - Indonesian fish meals

Ikan Bakar Sambal Dabu-Dabu – Indonesian fish meals

Ikan Bakar Sambal Dabu-Dabu

One of the meals frequently prepared in Sulawesi (and in the area of Maluku, as well) that should not be missed Ikan Bakar Sambal Dabu-Dabu is a meal based on grilled fish, which is a pretty popular way of preparing fish in Indonesia. The taste of this mouthwatering grilled fish marinated in the lime juice, candlenuts, and garlic, is enriched with a savory salad made of chilies. It tastes even better if served with rice or cucumbers.

Ikan Rica-Rica

Ikan Rica-Rica – Indonesian fish meals

This tasty spicy meal can be prepared using any type of fish, combined with spring onion, kaffir lime, and tomatoes, and it has its origins in Manado, North Sulawesi. If you want to fully enjoy this meal, you may want to combine it with cassawa leaves, as well. The spiciness of Ikan Rica-Rica is provided by the paste consisting of garlic, ginger, turmeric, and a lot of chillies.

Otak-Otak – Indonesian fish meals


Even though it is well-known in the entire country, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia, Otak-Otak is one of the fish dishes especially popular in the area where it appeared in the first place, and that’s Ujung Pandang, a place in the area of South Sulawesi. Apart from being main dish, it can be also served as a side dish, or as a snack.

The meal consists of fish fillet, spice paste, and peanut sauce (usually if it is served as a snack). The fish and the paste are packed into banana leaf so that they can be grilled. It is interesting that the word „otak“ means „brains“ in Indonesian since the meal itself in a way resembles brains.


The Balinese Fish Masterpieces

If you are willing to taste the best of Balinese fish meals, then you should taste some of the excellent meals listed below.

Sate Lilit

One of the most famous Balinese dishes, Sate Lilit, is actually a minced seafood satay, and its incredible taste is owed to the delicious mixture of various types of meat, such as chicken, pork and beef, combined with minced fish fillet, lemon grass, and coconuts. One of the main reasons for the delicacy of Sate Lilit’s taste is the flavor of the spice paste which is used to cover the already mentioned combination of meat and fish, based on shallots, chillies, kencur, garlic, and candlenuts. This meal goes perfectly with cooked vegetables and rice.

Sate Lilit - Indonesian fish meals

Sate Lilit – Indonesian fish meals

Balinese Curry Paste – Indonesian fish meals

Balinese Curry Paste

If you are in Bali, looking for a delicate spicy taste that will blow your mind, then you should not miss tasting the famous Balinese curry paste. What makes this paste so special is the exquisite fish with shrimp paste, perfectly combined with the wide variety of spices, fruits, and vegetables, such as lemon grass, chillies, garlic, tamarind, nutmeg, tomatoes, red onions, ground almonds, lemon juice, and other ingredients.

The Tastiest Fish Meals From Sumatra

Once you arrive in Sumatra, you should not leave without tasting its famous fish plates. Let’s check out some of them!

Pempek Palembang

When talking about the most delicious fish meals in the area of Sumatra, we cannot skip Pempek Palembang, also known as Mpek-mpek. As it name says, it originates from Palembang in South Sumatra and it has a strong, rich flavor owed to the exquisite combination of fish and cuko sauce, which is a mixture of boiling water, garlic, chilli pepper, sugar, salt, and vinegar. It is also served with dried shrimps, cucumbers, or egg noodles.

Pempek Palembang – Indonesian fish meals