This is the most recent recipe shared over at Instagram ! Usually my blog posts are kind of back-dated but since this is a really awesome recipe, so I thought I should give it priority to be shared here soonest possible. And so here it comes ! The family members enjoy this Otah-Otah so much that they requested me to make more and even come out with more flavors to sell.

Aromatics used for Otah-Otah

Good things are meant to be shared and good recipes all the more so. Loved this Otah-Otah that comes with a good bout of aromatics and spice and the texture stays moist and tender whether it is re-heated for the steamer or grill.

It’s actually not as difficult to make as well and pretty much a breeze once you pass the preparation stage. So hope this recipe will excite you as much as I do !

From this…
To this… Freshly grilled Homemade Otah-Otah

Otah Otah

Recipe by Eat What TonightCourse: SnacksDifficulty: Medium


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Makes approximately 10 pcs large Otah


  • 150g fresh prawns, diced 

  • 200g fresh mackerel fish paste

  • 120g shallots

  • 10 peeled garlics

  • 1 lemongrass, remove outer layer & diced finely

  • 5 chillies, diced

  • 10 lime leaves, minced

  • 3 slices blue ginger

  • 4-5 ginger slices

  • 4 tbsp coconut milk

  • 2 tbsp water

  • A little cooking oil, to oil banana leaf

  • Some Banana leaves, cut into 20x20cm 

  • For the Seasoning:
  • 1 tsp sambal chilli

  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn flour

  • 1 tsp curry powder

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 tsp salt


  • Boil some water and blanch the banana leaves. (This helps to soften banana leaves so that they don’t tear up easily during wrapping and also a way of sterilization too.) Wipe dry and set aside.
  • Blend prawns & fish paste together to form a fine paste. Set aside.
  • Combine shallots, garlics, lemongrass, chillies, lime leaves and gingers together in the blender. Add coconut milk and water and blend into a fine paste.
  • Combine chilli paste with the fish and prawn mixture and stir to mix them well together.
  • Add the rest of the seasoning ingredients & continue to mix well until a thick & smooth paste is formed. 
  • Brush a little oil & add 2 tbsp of Otah paste onto the center of the banana leaves.
  • Fold the sides & use toothpicks to secure the ends.
  • Grill them in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees by placing the wrapped Otah side by side on the grilling rack for 15 minutes. Leave a tray at the bottom to catch any residue. 
  • Halfway through the grilling time, flip the Otah to continue grilling on the reverse side. Once done, carefully remove toothpicks & enjoy the freshly grilled homemade Otah !

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