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Sour and Spicy Fish Stew (Ikan Assam Pedas)

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 whole white meat fish or 2 fillets
  • 5 small okras, stems trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 asam keping/ 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly
  • 1 1/4 cup tamarind juice
  • Salt to taste

Spice paste:

  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced
  • 4 dried chilies
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Clean and prepare the fish; remove scales, fins and chop into several pieces
  2. Blend the spice paste ingredients
  3. Over medium high heat, saute spice paste until aromatic
  4. Add the tamarind juice, asam keping or lime juice, kaffir lime leaves and fish and bring to a boil
  5. Add brown sugar and salt
  6. Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked and the sauce has boiled down a little
  7. Add okras and cook for another 5 minutes or until it turns bright green
  8. Dish and serve hot