An accomplished cookbook author and restaurateur, UFF Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe has enjoyed a love affair with Indonesian food spanning more than 30 years. In this series, we share recipes from her celebrated cookbook, Bali: The Food of My Island Home. First published in 2011, the book has been reprinted by popular demand and will be available to purchase at the UFF17. Dig in!
“This is a satisfying dish that combines the goodness of ﬁsh with Balinese spices and crunchy seasoned breadcrumbs. In Bali I use my favourite ﬁsh, Spanish mackerel, which has the perfect meatiness and ﬂavour for the spiced crust, but you can use any other ﬁrm white ﬁsh or even salmon. Serve it with rice or a salad.” – Janet DeNeefe.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly butter a baking dish. Heat a dry wok over low–medium heat and roast the peppercorns and coriander seeds until fragrant. Tip into a mortar and grind to a powder. Transfer to a food processor and add the butter, nutmeg, palm sugar, fried shallots, lime leaves, lemon basil and some salt and blend to a fairly ﬁne paste. Add the breadcrumbs and pulse to a light and crumbly mixture. Lightly season the fish pieces with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in the baking dish and pack a generous layer of the crumbs on top of each piece. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until the topping is golden and crunchy and the ﬁsh is cooked through.