Recipe: Nyonya-Style Chilli Fish with Ladies Fingers


5 people

Ingredients A

1 medium-sized tenggiri fish (about 500g), cut into 5 pieces
3 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying
1 tsp salt
10 ladies fingers
2g black pepper, crushed

Ingredients B (Blended together)

10 shallots
10g (about 2cm) fresh turmeric
(about 1cm) fresh galangal
dried chillies
stalks lemongrass
shrimp paste (optional)

Ingredients C (Mixed and Strained)

20g tamarind paste


  1. Heat oil in a wok, stir-fry Ingredients B until fragrant.
  2. Add in the crushed black pepper and fry until fragrant.
  3. Pour in Ingredients C and simmer.
  4. Add in fish and salt to taste. Add in ladies fingers.
  5. Once the fish is cooked, remove and serve.

Top tip: If you poke the fish with something sharp and it pokes right through, that’s the sign that it’s ready. If it’s hard to prick through the skin of the fish, then it’s still uncooked and needs more time in the wok.

Nutritional content per serving (320g): 

  • Calories: 204 kcal
  • Fat: 8.7g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Calcium: 82mg
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg

See more of our Malaysian Chilli recipe series or check out our Healthy Meals Under RM10 series


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This recipe was extracted from “Resipi Sihat, Pilihan Bijak” by the Nutrition Society of Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

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