BBQ Sambal Sting Ray/Fish

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

A local hawker food in Singapore and Malaysia. Probably not the healthiest food, but OH SO GOOD! I'm sure if you can't find the 'weird' ingredients, you can just sub sambal belacan/sambal oelek. Serve with plain rice or coconut rice and some stir-fried vegies.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp, soaked in
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 kg stingray, divided into 4 portions
  • fresh banana leaves or aluminium aluminum foil
  • 1 lemon (or a few limes)
  • Spice Paste

  • 1 cup shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12 tablespoon shrimp paste (belacan)
  • 2 tablespoons ground dried chilies
  • 2 slices galangal (or ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Stir and strain the tamarind water and discard any solids.
  2. Grind Spice Paste ingredients until fine.
  3. Heat oil in skillet, saute the paste until fragrant.
  4. Add salt and tamarind water, cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add coconut cream and cook for 1 minute over low heat.
  6. When the mixture is thickened, remove from heat and cool.
  7. Coat sting ray pieces (or other fish) with the paste.
  8. Place each piece on a large banana leaf/foil.
  9. Spread remaining spice mixture over fish.
  10. Roll up leaf/foil, then grill/barbecue the parcels for 8-10 minutes.
  11. The length of time required depends on thickness of fish.
  12. Serve hot with wedges of lemon/lime and cincaluk (optional).


Most Helpful

This is easy and delicious!! I add some lemongrass to the spice mix, and have tried it on other fish as well. Goes very well with red snapper! Always a hit in our house

Elin F. February 11, 2016

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