Recipe: Sambal Stingray/Skate Wing on Banana Leaf (三峇魔鬼鱼)

Sambal Stingray is an Eurasian dish. Stingray was introduced into the Malaysian cuisine when the Portuguese traders brought it to Malacca. The stingray was then cooked with local ingredients. Malaysians and Singaporeans love Sambal Stingray, also known as Ikan bakar in Malay, is basically barbecued fish. It is marinated in an abundance of sambal paste and served with a good dosage of lime juice squeeze over it. 

Sambal Stingray is one of our family’s favourite spicy food. When we just returned to Singapore a couple of years ago, we used to frequent a hawker stall in Ang Mo Kio which served a variety of seafood dishes including the sambal stingray.  Ever since I began to make my own sambal chilli, I always cooked it in the comfort of my home.

I usually try to char the banana leaf so as to mimic a barbequed flavour for the fish. I load it with thinly sliced red onions and torch ginger in the cooking for added flavour.

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Serves 4 persons


500g-600g stingray

1 red onion, sliced thinly

2 to 3 limes (preferably calamansi lime)

Petal from Torch Ginger Flower Bud, sliced thinly (optional)

4 tablespoons Sambal Tumis Chilli, homemade or store bought

2 A4-paper size banana leaves (soaked in hot water, then pat dry)

Some sea salt

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Rub the ray wing generously with sea salt, then set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse and pat dry. Smear the stingray with 1 tablespoon of sambal tumis chilli on each side.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Then place banana leaf on pan.
  4. When it sizzles, place the stingray on the leaf; skin-side down.
  5. Let it fry for 1 minute and then cover for about 5 minutes.
  6. Lift up the stingray and place another banana leaf on top of the charred leaf.
  7. Place the other side of the stingray on the leaf and now the skin-side is up, i.e. sambal-smeared side is always down.
  8. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil to the hot pan again.
  9. Then add the sliced onions and torch ginger.
  10. Cover the pan and let cook for another 5 minutes or till the flesh is cooked well.
  11. Remove the stingray with the banana leaves and place it on a plate. Add an extra 1 or 2 tablespoons of sambal over the fish.
  12. Don’t forget to squeeze the lime juice over the fish before serving.

Happy munching!!!

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

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