Ikan Pari Bakar

Grilled stingray or 'ikan pari bakar' as it is known in Malaysia and Singapore is a flavourful dish. It is marinated with blended chilli paste and herbs before being wrapped in banana leaves. It is then grilled to perfection and eaten with a spicy and tangy dip.

5 stars

Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 60 mins


Grilled sting ray

Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Indonesian, Bruneian

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Nutrition per Serving

549 kcal
54 g
19 g
47 g

Marinated sting ray is best grilled over hot charcoal, just like how it is often done by Malaysians and Singaporeans alike. To the locals, it is known as ikan pari bakar which is the Malay term for ‘grilled/burned stingray’. The spicy marinade filled with herbs makes this dish truly amazing.

How does stingray taste like?

If you haven't tried stingray, it tastes like a combination of fish and lobster. The meat is flaky yet thick and dense.

How to prepare stingray for BBQ?

Stingray needs to be rinsed and cleaned before being marinated. The marinade consist of lemongrass, shallots, garlic, galangal, chillies, turmeric powder, shrimp paste and tamarind. Marinate stingray for at least 30 minutes before grilling.

How long should stingray be cooked?

Depends on the thickness of the stingray. It usually takes about 4-5 minutes to cook each side. Stingray is cooked when the meat comes off easily.

Substitute for stingray

If you are unable to find stingray, try substituting it with skate which belongs to the same family and is quite similar. Otherwise, you can just opt for any type of white fish.

Ikan bakar dipping sauce recipe

To accompany the grilled fish, prepare the a simple soy lime dip. Do serve the grilled fish with slices of calamansi or lime too. Otherwise, enjoy it with some sambal belacan.

Every mouthful is a delight. I introduced this dish to my friends who are non-Malaysians and they loved it absolutely. I bet you would as well once you give it a try.


5 g
shrimp paste (dried)
lemongrass stalk(s)
garlic clove(s)
3 cm
fresh chilli (red)
1⁄2 tsp
turmeric powder
2 tbsp
3 tsp
tamarind paste
1 tbsp
1⁄2 tsp
1⁄2 tbsp
400 g
banana leaves

Steps to Prepare

Ikan Pari Bakar Step 1

Step 1 of 3

Toast shrimp paste on a dry pan until fragrant. Blend lemongrass, shallots, garlic, galangal, chillies and turmeric powder together.

Ikan Pari Bakar Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 3 tsp tamarind paste
    • 1 tbsp water
    • 1⁄2 tsp salt
    • 1⁄2 tbsp sugar

Heat oil over medium heat. Sauté blended ingredients until fragrant and it changes to a darker shade. Add shrimp paste, tamarind juice and water. Add salt and sugar to taste. Leave chilli paste aside to cool to room temperature.

Ikan Pari Bakar Step 3

Step 3 of 3

Marinate stingray with chilli paste for at least 30 minutes. Using a bruised stalk of lemongrass to brush some oil on a piece of banana leaf. Place the marinated stingray on it. Grill until fully cooked. Before eating, squeeze some calamansi/lime juice over it. Serve with the dip made of soy sauce, chillies, shallots and calamansi juice.

Published: June 17, 2015

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