Spicy Red Snapper

Spicy Red Snapper

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Broiled Red Snapper with Spicy Lime and Shallots Sambal (Recipe)

 Red Snapper Balinese Style


For the Fish rub:

  • 3 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of fish sauce
  • Some salt and pepper depending on individual tastes
  • 1 tbsp. of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. of turmeric powder
For the main ingredient: 
  • 1 red snapper (about 1½ pounds), cleaned – gutted.#

For a spicy lime and shallot sambal (sauce):

  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of fish sauce
  • 2 thinly sliced shallots 
  • 6 chopped Thai chillies
  • Salt and pepper depending on individual tastes
  • Juice of half a lime


  1. Use a small bowl to mix of the ingredients needed for the fish rub then put this aside while you attend to the fish.
  2. Wash the fish under some cold water and pat it dry with a kitchen towel. Before rubbing the fish inside and out with previously made spice mix, make three slashes on both sides of the fish with a sharp knife. When the fish has been sufficiently coated place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. After this stage is complete remove the fish from the heat and cover it loosely with aluminium foil.
  3. In order to create the spicy sambal, take the ingredients and mix them in a small bowl, it will be ready when the shallots have started to wilt. It is common to put the sambal right on top of the fish just before serving and then accompany this dish with steamed Japanese or jasmine rice and some simple sauteed vegetables on the side.

Additional Information:

  • Have you ever had a romantic Balinese candle light dinner at Jimbaran Bay? Then you will surely like the idea of cooking a whole fish! Have a closer look at this recipe. This Balinese authentic recipe guarantees you a mouth-watering dinner and brings Bali into your dining room.
  • Red Snapper has by far less bones then White Snapper and it is easy to eat.