BBQ Stingray Recipe

BBQ Stingray

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1) 1½-2 lb whole Stingray or Pomfret fish cleaned

2) 1½ tsp palm sugar or dark brown sugar

3) salt

4) juice of 1 lemon

5) 2 tbsp vegetable oil

6) 1 tbsp tamarind paste

7) 1 cup warm water

8) a large piece of banana leaf [Substitute: aluminum foil]

9) 2-4 toothpicks, soaked in water

10) 3-4 fresh kalamansi limes, cut into halves [Substitute: kaffir or key limes cut into wedges] [optional]

11) 1 onion, sliced, for garnish [optional]

12) A few sprigs fresh coriander leaves [cilantro], for garnish [optional]

13) 8 shallots, peeled

14) 4 garlic, peeled

15) 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled

16) 2 stalks lemongrass, tender ends only

17) 4-6 dried chilies, softened in hot water

18) 1½ tsp belacan, [dried shrimp paste] or Anchovy Extract Powder

19) 3 tbsp or to taste, chili paste

How to make BBQ Stingray

1) Rub stingray with lemon juice and salt, set aside for 10 mins

2) In a small bowl, using your fingers, mix tamarind paste with warm water, strain, discard seeds, set aside

3) Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind shallots, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, dried chilies, belacan and chili paste

4) Heat wok on high, add oil, stir-fry ground paste till quite toasted, 3-5 mins

5) Add tamarind, sugar, salt to taste, reduce heat to med, simmer till sauce is thicken slightly

6) Remove from heat, allow sauce to cool

7) Soften banana leaf in hot water, dry well with a tea towel, lightly coat with vegetable oil

8) Spoon and spread half the sauce on the banana leaf, lay the stingray fillets on top, spoon the rest of the sauce on the fish

9) Fold the banana leaf into a packet, secure with toothpicks

10) Grill on a hot charcoal bbq grill or indoor grill or stovetop grill pan, 10-15 mins, depending on the thickness of the fish, turn over once

11) Garnish with sliced onions, coriander leaves and lime wedges

12) Serve hot with steamed rice or a fresh salad

  • zacloney
    zacloney says

    I love BBQ stingray. Now if only we had some in my local grocery.

  • Chengaleng
    Chengaleng says

    Oh, that's wonderful. I'm feeling very nostalgic now! No stingray my side of town though, will have to settle for lesser substitutes.

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