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How to Make Cakalang Pampis Recipe

Cakalang Pampis Recipe

Cakalang Pampis is a delightful culinary gem hailing from the vibrant region of Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 138kcal


  • 400 grams of Skipjack
  • Two Pandan Leaves
  • 10 Shallots
  • 2 teaspoons of Dried oregano
  • Bird’s Eye Chilies
  • 6 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 cm of Ginger grated
  • 60 Lemon basil leaves
  • 4 Lemongrass stalks
  • 500 ml of Thick coconut milk
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 3 teaspoons of Salt
  • 8 red cayenne peppers


  • Begin by mincing shallots, garlic, and ginger finely. Chop pandan, kaffir lime, and lemon basil leaves finely. Seed and mince red cayenne. Cube skipjack into 1-inch pieces.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan over medium heat. Add minced shallots, garlic, ginger, and cayenne. Sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Stir in pandan, kaffir lime, herbs, and chilies. Cook for 1 minute to infuse flavors.
  • Mix in coconut milk. Simmer for 8-10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Add skipjack, and season with salt. Simmer for 5 minutes until the fish is cooked.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with lemon basil.


  • Use fresh ingredients whenever possible for the best results.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness to your preference by adding more or fewer Bird’s Eye Chillies.
  • If you can’t find Skipjack Tuna, any other firm fish such as mackerel or salmon will work as a substitute.
  • This dish is best enjoyed immediately after cooking- For a healthier option, skip the oil and instead cook the aromatics in water or vegetable stock.
  • If you like your food extra spicy, feel free to add more long red cayenne peppers. The milder heat will complement the intense flavor of Bird’s Eye chilies.
  • To give your dish a smoky flavor, try adding smoked pap.
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