Rose’s Kitchen

Ikan Pepes


500g fish fillet, cut into 2

1/4 tsp tumeric powder

4 tomatoes

8 stalks spring onions

2 pieces limau perut (lime leaves)

1 daun kunyit (tumeric leaf)

2 tbsp cooking oil

juice of 1 lime

salt and sugar to taste

2 pieces banana leaf

Ingredients to blend:

10 fresh red chillies

1 big onion

6 buah keras (candlenut)


1.  Slice tomatoes and cut spring onions into 2 cm lengths.

2.  Place blended ingredients into a bowl.  Add in oil, lime juice, spring onions and salt and sugar to taste.

3.  Rub the pieces of fish with salt and 1/4 tsp tumeric powder.

4.  Take a piece of banana leaf, place a piece of fish on it.  Cover fish with half of mixture from (2) and top with a piece of limau perut and 1/2 a kunyit leaf.

5.  Wrap up the fish and secure the ends of the banana leaf with toothpicks.  Do the same as for the other piece of fish.  (Can use aluminium foil if no banana leaf).

6.  Bake in preheated oven at 190 deg C for 25 minutes or until fish is cooked.

February 5, 2007 - Posted by | Seafood


  1. Hi Rose and greetings from Cambodia: I greatly admise your generosity in sharing your great asset with everybody. I am not at all a cook, but when I saw a preparation of grilled fish in banana leaf on TV and I started searching the recipe online. And I ran into your great website, which I have added in my favourite list of websites.

    One comment is that I would like if possible to see your including the picture of each dish.

    Thank you very much and very best wishes,


    Comment by may | April 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi, Rosa
    Saya orang china indonesia Medan dan tiggal di Belanda
    Kamu orang china malaysia? saya bisa bahasa hokkian
    Resep kamu sangat bagus terima ksasih banyak
    Kamu tiggal di mana? Saya suka resep kue tetapi rendang padang juga enak banget masakan china saya juga amat senang tapi tidak begitu pintar

    Comment by Sunita | May 7, 2008 | Reply

    • Hi Sunita,

      Saya juga China Indonesia Bogor, mama saya asli China medan dan saya juga tinggal di Belanda. Saya senang sekali memasak dan membuat banyak macam kue basah dan kue taart.
      Salam kenal ya…



      Comment by Deni Brouwer | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. saya mencoba resep ikan pepes resep anda enak banget suami saya ketagihan . Trima kasih ya . ‘

    Comment by tuti | June 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi Rose,

    I was looking for the recipe of ikan pepes and got your website…

    Glad to know that you recovered from cancer….and glad to find your website. It’s really useful for me who is still learning to cook:)

    Thank you for sharing the recipes 🙂

    God bless u too….


    Comment by Rannie | September 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. i love all your cooking recipes.
    i`ll cook soon one by one.
    God Bless !

    Comment by jessica | February 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. Is it possible to change candlenut with something else in this recipes (pepes ikan)?

    Comment by indah | March 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes, you can use macadamia nuts !

      Comment by Anonymous | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi Indah,
    You can substitute with macadamia nuts.

    Comment by rose | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  8. hi rose
    thanks for recipe,,,,saya orang bali tapi saya suka masakan jawa,,,,saya tinggal diaussi,,,saya coba resep kamu wah mak nyos,,,,,thanks ya

    salam kenal

    Comment by wayan | March 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. Hi tante Rose, I just want to thank you for this recipe. I live in Australia and was feeling homesick so I made this pepes ikan and it tastes almost as good as the one my Oma used to make 🙂 thanks again.

    Comment by Lottie | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  10. mantap, saya sangat suka makanan ikan, kapan-kapan saya harus coba resep ini

    Comment by jenis jenis makanan ikan alami | May 13, 2011 | Reply

  11. mantebs banget resepnya, saat ini saya di saudi arabia dan pengin resep-resep masakan khas tempo doeloe. makasih

    Comment by sofyan faizin | January 3, 2012 | Reply

  12. hi rose,
    i was looking for receipe for steam fish and i found you blogg, and i was try to make steam fish for dinner it was really good taste ,

    Comment by Anonymous | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  13. Hi I am looking for ikan pelas recipe and come across yours, thankyou very much for sharing your recipe.

    Comment by Vera | June 26, 2012 | Reply

  14. This is really interesting, You’re a very professional blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to in quest of more of your wonderful post.
    Additionally, I have shared your site in my social

    Comment by Eloise | August 7, 2012 | Reply

  15. Hi tante Rose. I live in england. Lagi nyidam banget sama pepes.. I just tried your recipe and I have eaten them all. So so yummy. Thanks ya.. pokoknya enak tenan.

    Comment by Anonymous | June 28, 2013 | Reply

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