Simple Yellow Seasoned Tilapia Grilled Fish Recipes

4.8 from 192 votes

These Padang Seasoned Tilapia Grilled Fish Recipes combine grilled tilapia with Padang’s characteristic yellow spices, which offer a peppery and wonderful flavor. If you can’t locate tilapia in the market, you may substitute other species of fish using the same procedure.

The only difference between this recipe and other grilled spices is the inclusion of thick coconut milk. As a result, the grilled fish tastes more flavorful and “lamak bana” (in the Indonesian Language)

How to Choose Good Quality Tilapia

Tilapia fish

Tilapia Fish

Tilapia is the primary component in this easy Padang Tilapia Grilled Fish dish. You must use high-quality fish to create a delectable dinner. Consider the following suggestions:

1. Pay Attention to His Eyes

Choose tilapia with clear, bright eyes with a bit black in the centre. The tilapia’s eyes will feel supple and protruding when touched. If tilapia exhibits these traits, it indicates that it is still fresh and of high quality.

2. Check the Scales and Skin  


A high-quality tilapia will have entire scales and skin. Furthermore, the scales and skin appear to be exceedingly brilliant and lustrous. It’s preferable to avoid tilapia with shorter scales or skin that’s separated from the meat. Because it shows that the fish was not adequately preserved.

3. Check the gills of Tilapia  

Choose tilapia with brilliant red gills and a fresh appearance. Buy tilapia that has gills that are dull and blue in color. Because these signs imply that the fish is nearly rotting.

Tips for Making Grilled Fish So that the Seasonings Seep

If you want to attempt the Padang Grilled Fish recipe, follow these steps to make a great dish:

1. Use Fresh Fish

You must utilize fresh fish to make a delectable grilled fish meal. Fresh fish often has vivid red gills and prominent eyes. Then you must promptly clean and process them. So that the fish’s flavor is preserved.

2. Soak Using Acidic Water  

Before seasoning tilapia, immerse it in sour water for a few minutes. Lemon or lime juice might be used. The procedure of soaking the fish might help to reduce the fishy odor.


Then, soaking fish in acidic water might result in grilled fish that is glossy and has a chewier feel. After about 15 minutes of soaking, quickly rinse the fish and massage it with vegetable oil. As a result, when you burn it, it does not stick readily.

3. Soak with Fine Seasoning

Before grilling the fish, it must be seasoned. Make a seasoning using coriander, garlic, and turmeric. Another option is to add onion oil and soy sauce, as well as other flavors. Marinate the fish for 15-45 minutes in the ground spices. The longer the fish is soaked in the ground spices, the more the spices will permeate into the fish flesh. However, it should not be too long so that the fish remains fresh when grilled.

4. Prepare the Grill Tool

Grill the fish on Teflon, over coals, or in the oven. If you want to barbecue fish over embers, use charcoal instead of wood. Kerosene should not be used since the scent might be absorbed into the fish meat. Then, ensure that the distance between the fire and the fish is around 25 centimeters. So that the spices may be fully absorbed and the fish does not burn too rapidly.

5. Grease the Fish While Burning and Back and forth  

Turn the fish over to ensure that it is completely done. Brush the body of the fish with the leftover marinade on a regular basis. So that the flavor of the fish is enhanced when cooked. To determine the amount of doneness, puncture the fish flesh with a fork. If the fish meat readily comes off the bone, your grilled fish is properly done. Should be lifted immediately and served with warm white rice and chili sauce.

Padang Grilled Fish Recipe

Simple Yellow Seasoned Tilapia Grilled Fish Recipe

Simple Yellow Seasoned Tilapia Grilled Fish Recipe

Recipe by Cheche Kitchen
4.8 from 192 votes

Grilled Tilapia with Yellow Seasoning is a simple recipe for grilled tilapia with yellow seasoning.

Course: TradisionalCuisine: Padang, IndonesiaDifficulty: Easy


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Ingredients (Shop in the Green Link)

  • The main ingredient
  • 1 kg Tilapia fish

  • 1 tamarind or lime

  • 50 ml cooking oil

  • 1 tbsp margarine

  • 125 ml thick coconut milk

  • 1 tsp mushroom stock or salt

  • Subtle Seasoning Ingredients
  • 125 g curly red chili

  • 8 cloves red onion

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3 hazelnuts

  • 1 cm turmeric

  • 1 segment of galangal (35 g)

  • 1 segment ginger (20 g)


  • Coat the fish in lime juice and salt. Allow it to sit for around 30 minutes.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-01
  • Using a blender, puree all of the ground spices with the cooking oil.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-02
  • Add the tamarind or lime juice and the powdered stock to the ground spices in a mixing bowl. Stir everything together thoroughly.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-03
  • While stirring, gradually add the thick coconut milk.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-04
  • Put the fish in the seasoning and coat evenly with the spices. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-05
  • Coat the fish with margarine.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-06
  • Grill the fish over coals on a grill. While cooking, brush the fish with the leftover marinade. Don’t forget to flip it over after one side of the fish is done. Bake for another 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-07
  • Lift and serve.Step-Resep-Ikan-Bakar-Padang-08

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

Serving Size4 servings

  • Amount Per ServingCalories750
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 31.3g 48%
    • Saturated Fat 14.4g 70%
  • Cholesterol 221mg 74%
  • Sodium 946mg 40%
  • Potassium 2808mg 81%
  • Total Carbohydrate 38.1g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 12.2g 48%
    • Sugars 14.7g
  • Protein 81.6g 162%

  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 26%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.