Pepes Ikan Woku

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Back to my day off, I celebrated by cooking. I was in Winnipeg to spend my day with my husband and kitchen :). What did I make? Still, something spicy and fishy. Pepes Ikan Woku! It can be translated as Steamed Fish with Woku Spices in Banana Leaves. Woku spices are rich Manadonese mixed spices.

Pepes Ikan Woku
recipe by Yohana Halim and Sedap Sekejap, modified by me

500 g fish steak (I used halibut steak)
4 sprigs of lemon basil leaves (kemangi leaves)
1 turmeric leaves
7 kaffir lime leaves, 5 leaves for shredded and tear off the rest
1 pandan leaf, cut into 2 cm length
1 lemongrass, take the white part and bruised
banana leaves for wrapper
tooth picks

Grind into a paste
8 shallots
10 red chilies or as desired
4 candlenuts, toasted
3 cm long turmeric, roasted and peeled
3 cm long ginger, peeled
3 tbsp ground frozen lemongrass
salt as desired

1. Squeeze calamansi over fish and mariante for 30 minutes.
2. Rub fish with spiced paste and let it for 15 minutes.
3. Place fish, spiced paste, the leaves ingredients in banana leaves, wrap them up and pin with wood tooth picks or tie wih strings. Steam 45 minutes or until done.


  1. wah aku ki dudu penggemar pepes.. tapi musti nyoba meneh, mengingat mbiyen ga doyan salmon sashimi kok saiki dadi doyan hehehehe

  2. This looks amazing! So glad to have found you through Foodgawker – I've had a tough time finding authentic Indonesian recipes – now that I've found you I just have to locate some of your more unique ingredients!


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