Deep Fried Tilapia

Deep Fried Tilapia

Deep Fried Tilapia

I usually don't buy whole fish but today I decided to try to cook a whole fish and it was a big success! Its easy and cheap :) 

1 whole Tilapia, cleaned and descaled.
1 Tbsp of lime juice
Oil for frying

To paste:
2 Shallots
2 Garlic
2 Candle-nuts
1 Tsp coriander powder
½ Tsp tumeric powder
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse the fish inside out under cold running water and drain them. Pat dry with paper towels. Using a sharp knife, cut 3 slits in each side of the fish.
2. Pour the lime juice all over the fish, just to minimize the smell of fish.
3. Combine all the paste ingredients in a blender and process to a smooth paste.
4. Spoon an amount of the paste into the fish cavities (on belly) and fill the side slits as well. Try to slab the rest of the paste all over the fish.

okay, I admit I miss-judged the fish length, it was obviously too big for my plate :P
5. Let the fish marinate.
6. Heat the deep-frying machine or simply heat oil on a wok.
7. Fry the fish for about 12-15 minutes or until it turns golden.
8. Once your fish is ready, serve it with rice. In my case, I had a bit of Sambal Oelek as condiment and simple sautée water spinach a.k.a kangkung blachan (you can find the recipe on the next page).

Happy cooking!


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