Indonesian Broiled Tilapia (Ikan Nila Bakar)

Indonesian broiled tilapia (Ikan nila bakar) is a light and mild take on grilled whole fish. This recipe is more in line with western sensibilities by using skinless fillets and the broiler. Although it does lose a bit of the crunch from not having the fish skin on, it loses none of its enchanting flavor.

Ikan Nila Bakar- Indonesian Broiled Tilapia

Tilapia is a mild and inexpensive white fish. Fillets are easy to find at local grocery markets or frozen online. This mild fish serves as a palate for the ridiculously flavorful marinade in this recipe.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indonesia, Southeast Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Baking pan lined with foil
  • Food processor or mortar and pestle


  • 1 lb Tilapia fillets


  • 6 long Cayenne or jalapeno chiles (or 3 Thai chiles)
  • 1 large Shallot
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and chopped



  • Marinate Fish – Puree bumbu ingredients. Combine bumbu with other ingredients and marinate fish for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Return to room temp before broiling,
  • Broil Fish – Preheat broiler. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and transfer filets to the tray. Broil until fish becomes slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Baste with marinade while broiling. Serve hot with white rice.

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