Ambon, city with the best seafood

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
1 whole fresh fish about 1kg or 700 g fish steaks

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespon freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice

2 tablespoon oil

1 large banana leaf or aluminium foil, for wrapping

Colo Colo Sambal

3 to 4 red finger-length chilies or bird?s eye chilies, deseeded and sliced

4 shallots, peeled and sliced

2 ripe tomatoes, diced

4 spring Asian basil, minced

4 tablespoons sweet Indonesian soy sauce (kecap manis)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice


  • If using whole fish, scale, gut and clean the fish, then make several shallow diagonal slits on each side.
  • Season the fish with the salt and lime or lemon juice, then brush it with the oil. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Make the Colo Colo Sambal by combining all the ingredients in abowl and mixing well.
  • Scald the banana leaf in a basin by pouring boiling water over it, then wipe it dry.
  • Wrap the seasoned fish in the banana leaf or aluminium foil.
  • Cook the fish parcel over hot charcoal or under a preheated broiler until the banana leaf is evenly browned and the fish is done, 10 to 15 minutes on each side.
  • Unwrap the fish parcel and spoon the sambal over it. Serve immediately.
  • Alternatively serve the Colo Colo Sambal in a small bowl on the side.


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