Homemade Sata @ Grilled Fish In Banana Leaves

Sata is one of the famous delicacy over the east coast of Malaysia. Sata is grilled marinade fish on banana leaves. I have eaten this wonderful treat several years back at Mersing when I was on my way back from my Pulau Pemanggil trip. And thank you Smallkucing for reminding me on my previous post, Sate Lilit Indonesia. I'm glad that I can make my own sata snack at home now.

And here's what I did.

Ingredients :

500gm mackerel fillet, roughly mashed
1 cup shredded coconut/dessicated coconut
10 shallots, thinly sliced
8 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, minced
a slice of turmeric leaf, thinly sliced
1 tbsp black peppercorn, crashed
5-6 bird-eye chilies, thinly sliced
1 tspn black pepper powder
2 tspn salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tspn coriander powder
2 tspn paprika powder/chili powder/ flakes
*some banana leaves

Method :

- combine all ingredients together in a big bowl and mix well.

Shape the banana leave into cone shape and then fill with 2 tbsp of the fish mixture. Seal nicely. I've not enough banana leaves so use aluminium foil instead.
Then grill over a charcoal fire or bake at 200'C for about 20-25mins or untill cooked.

From here, you can see clearly the original picture of sata Terengganu. I wonder how did they wrap the leaves so neat and beautifully. Well, mine wasn't that bad at all, right! hehe.... Frankly, sata has a very unique flavour of itself which is still fresh & juicy after cooked.

Normally, they just having this snack plain without any dipping. Since I'm at home... so just make myself an extra treat. A simple spicy and sweet dipping sauce, also suitable for sate lilit! So, enjoy!

Dipping Sauce Ingredients :

2 tbsp soy sweet sauce
1 tbsp chili paste, pickled
(ground/grind together bird-eye chilies, ginger and garlic, stir in lime juice & keep refrigerate)


  1. This is something I'd love to try, but I'm not sure where I'd ever find banana leaves here in the UK. It sounds yummy and exotic.
    *kisses* HH

  2. I was thinking how neatly your wrapped yours. I have plenty of banana leaves to try this, but I don't know if I could wrap them like that! I'll go check out your other post now. This sounds so good! A nice profect for this weekend! Yum yum! :D Do both of your kids like this too? I think the dipping sauce is perfect!

  3. how exotic.......no banana leaves here only bananas.....

  4. wow...got style like the trengganu Sata :D

    Your way is better. Coz the one at the stall not much inti one.

  5. Your fish is raw before you wrapped?
    Those that I had in Kelantan and Terengganu were cooked flaked fish before they were mixed with the aromatics and wrapped.

    Malay recipes are all cooked fish, but I've seen one blogger doing it with raw fish, that is if you took the recipe from masak-masak.

    I love Satar, and am planning to do it one day.

  6. 在我這裡就不曾看過這道小吃,相像不到是什麼樣的滋味.從你的照片看來就很惹味似的.

  7. Wow, I've never seen this before, can I have one? It looks so yummy!

  8. I think I saw this somewhere but have never tried this before. Very cleverly wrapped.

  9. Sorry first time heard of 'Sata' hm should taste yummy. Thankz for voting 'You're The Voice' appreciate it very much and also thankz to Peteformation for all the great support and trouble spending more than 2 hours in promoting for Bananaz..tQ

  10. Wow. Is there anything you make that doesn't look like artwork? =)

  11. THis is really cool! But the banana leaves .. where I am going to find them?

  12. Oh yes, regarding they way they wrap satar, it's a squarish piece of banana leaf, folded into quarters. Open up one side and fill. Then fold the flaps like envelope. That's how I find them to be when I unwrap them after numerous times of eating them.

  13. I've never tried this before! Looks and sounds amazing! Great flavours and must be so fragrant with the banana leaf!

  14. Wow this is so great...need to give it a try:)

  15. Sounds delicious! And I love the dipping sauce... :)

  16. WOW WOW WOW!!!! This recipe looks sooooooo good to me! It kind of reminds me of making fish cakes (asian style). Oh my goodness, will have to try this as soon as I can find...the banana leaves? Where did you get these?

  17. HH : I'm sorry about the banana leaves. Anyway, try wrapping it with a piece of baking parchment paper and then follow by the alluminium foil. The paper keeps the meat moist.

    Lyndz : Hope you & your family will like it! We all love this alot except my son. He's a very picky eater and prefer steamed fish and fish & chips instead of those funny funny looking fish recipe. hahaha.... You can also use the leftover to make fritata or omelette.

    Jelena : Haha...so funny! Well, sorry about the banana leaves. Try using the parchment paper & alluminium foil for wrapping, as what I've told Heavenly Housewife.

    Smallkucing : Whao, thanks alot for your nice words! I felt like I'm in cloud 9 already! hahaha...

    Wendy : Masak2!? So they have cooked & uncooked fish recipes! I have no idea about it. I have only taken this sata once and still remember clearly the taste & flavour. Hopefully, I'll be able to have some of those again when my future visit to the east. Btw, thanks for the wrapping info. I think the leaves that I used not big enough! So, maybe next time. Thanks again.

    Chin : Do you have these kind of sata over at Sarawak too?

    Cheah : So, must go & try it out next time when you're visiting the east. OK! hehe...

    Anncoo : So, remember to try it out next time huh! Don't miss that again!

    Bananaz : You're welcome and have fun!

    Belinda : Aaa...aaaa...!!!! Speechless! ^_^ That's so sweet of you. Thank you very much for your sweet comment, darling. Always thought of you!

    Laura : Sorry about the banana leaves! Just use both parchment paper & alluminium foil for wrapping. The paper will keep the meat moist & juicy. Do not place direct contact to the foil. The meat might be over cooked & dried!

    Pigpigcorner : Great! Hope you will like it too. So, remember to visit the east coast next round when you're back huh!

    Ren : Thanks! Hope you will like it.

    Alison : Thanks alot, dear. I wonder you have banana leaves over in Romania too!

    Magicofspice : Thanks alot! Hope you will like it.

    Hey, thanks alot everyone for visiting and spending your time here with me. Hope you will enjoy the recipe and have fun with it.
    Have a wonderful day!

    Cheers, Kristy

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  19. heard alot about this method very creative must be wonderful!

  20. wow...u r really something Kristy.. i say that again and again. never tried it before no doubt..but i really love to.. esp home made ones.

  21. Oh, so exotic and awesome! Thanks for details of the making process :)

  22. I bet you can weave ketupat packets and chang too! These are very nicely done - they look like abok abok sagu, one of my childhood favourites!

  23. I have not tasted this dish before...looks very delicious and authentic :D Great job in wrapping the fish too.

  24. yumm, a local recipe , must check around if i see a sata around here. By the way how do you store the banana leaves, they usually sell them in huge bunches.

  25. I nvr eat this b4, looks gd lei

  26. You did such a marvelous job folding those banana leaves, Kristy. I am a total klutz when I do things like that!
    I've never eaten a dish like this...now if I could just get you to do my folding....

  27. You did such a marvelous job folding those banana leaves, Kristy. I am a total klutz when I do things like that!
    I've never eaten a dish like this...now if I could just get you to do my folding....

  28. This really looks delicious, Kristy. You are very skilled with the folding of the leaves. I really am impressed. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  29. Lovely combo of ingredients...however, for my personal taste buds, I would probably use another fish selection.
    I never cooked in banana leaves before...I do find that quite interesting.

    Have a fabulous day and flavourful wishes,

  30. I can have these anytime. And I love mackerel. These looks delicious.

  31. I want to try too! It looks gorgeous and so fresh, flavourful!

  32. Wow...this looks really good. The smell from the banana leaves must have given it extra flavour. I better plant my own banana trees to get banana leaves :P

  33. WOW! I love this. Will definitely have to try it.

  34. The original Malay version is cooked fish, then mix with the aromatics and then wrapped and grilled.

    I meant, I've only seen one recipe using raw fish paste (which is not that original already) for Satar once online, from masak-masak.blogspot.

  35. Wow...kudos to you...great sata. Thanks for shring this Kristy. I will try to make this one day when the Piggies are back. It will be a real treat for them :)

  36. oh these look tasty going to India next month for sis in laws wedding they eat of banana leaves love it
    have a great weekend sweet Kristy


  37. What a beautiful recipe! I rarely cook with banana leaves, but when I see such a dish, makes me want to go out and buy some. So exotic with all those flavors!

  38. Claudia : Thank you. Hope you will like it.

    Claire : So, next time no more Genting Highland or Penang. Try to visit the east coast. You'll be amazed! I've only been to Pulau Pemanggil once and love it so much. But one thing that will kill was the ferry ride! I think Pemanggil Island & the island next to it, Sibu Island, are much much more beautiful than Tioman. Very popular with scooter diving, the sand is soft like flour and the sea water is clean & clear. Must go huh!

    Thelacquersppon : Hope you'll be able to try it one day.

    Denise : Actually, I've weaved ketupat once. My Malay sis-in-law taught me but already forgotten how it was done. haha....

    Jeannie : Thanks, dear! Don't forget to try these when your visit to the east coast!

    Peanutts : Wow, then you must get some from the nearby stall! Probably, you can get these from the night market!

    Jess : So, must try this when your future trip to the east coast of M'sia!

    Bananaz : You're welcome.

    Barbara : Haha.... not a problem!

    Mary : Thank you and same to you, Mary!

    Claudia : You're always welcome to try some other fish. As long as you love what you eat! Have fun!

    Madin : Thank you!

    Angie : Can get banana leaves over in Germany?

    MaryMoh : Haha.... very funny!

    Penny : Hope you'll like it!

    Elin : You're welcome. Hope you will enjoy this!

    Rebacca : Ooo... hope you will enjoy your trip then and have lots of fun!

    Silvia : Thanks! Can you get the leaves there? Well, all the best!

    Hey guys, thanks alot for stopping by and spending your weekend with me. Hope you are all having a fabulous time right now.

    Cheers, Kristy

  39. voilà encore une recette que je ne connais pas mais d'après les photos elle me parait trop appétissante
    la cuisson doit être parfaite
    bonne soirée

  40. I love mackerel and there just aren't enough good recipes for it... thanks for sharing this one... it looks wonderful!

  41. Just jumping back in to answer your question. The family arrives of the 10th of August and the grandchildren will be with us through the end of the month. You are a sweetheart for remembering. I wish you lived closer. We could enjoy a cup of tea together. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

  42. I would love to try this amazing dish. I can image the flavors are wonderful.

  43. That fish dish must be very flavorful! Extremely palatable.



  44. What cute little packets Kristy! I bet their really delicious! Save me one!

  45. Fimere : Hope to invite you over for this! hehe.... Probably, you just have to drool over the screen.

    Lostpastremembered : Hi there, welcome to my humble little space and glad to meet you. Hope that you will enjoy this recipe & would love to see you more often.

    Mary : Great! You have three whole weeks with them. How wonderful that will be. Hope you will have a fabulous time with them!

    Cathy : Thank you. Hope you will like it too!

    Rosa : Thank you, sweetie!

    Reeni : I will save you a few next time! hehe....

    Ladies, thank you so much for visiting and hope you are all having a wonderful time.

    Best wishes,


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