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Tongkol Cabe Ijo: Mackerel Tuna with Green Chillies

Tongkol Cabe Ijo: Mackerel Tuna with Green Chillies

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Fish & Seafood
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Tongkol cabe ijo is a household favourite, consisting of fried mackerel tuna that’s then sauteed in a mix of green chillies, green tomatoes, shallots, and fresh Indonesian herbs.


  • 500 gr mackerel 
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 8 shallots, peeled 
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled 
  • 4 big green chillies 
  • 5 small green chillies 
  • 2 small green tomatoes 
  • 2 cm galangal 
  • 2 cm ginger, peeled 
  • 2 salam leaves (Indonesian bay leaves)
  • 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.5 cup water
  • Oil for deep frying and sautéing

Tongkol Cabe Ijo ingredients


  1. Clean and wash the fish thoroughly, cut into 3 or 4 pieces depending on the size, then sprinkle with salt and lemon juice.
  2. Thinly slice: shallots, garlic, chillies, green tomatoes, ginger and galangal. Set aside.
  3. Deep fry the fish until golden brown (around 4 minutes each side), set aside.Deep fry the fish


  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok over medium heat, and sauté the shallots and garlic for around 2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add the green chillies, galangal, ginger and salam leaves, and fry for another 3 minutes.Add the green chillies, galangal, ginger and salam leaves


  6. Add water, salt and sweet soy sauce.
  7. Add the fish, mix it with other ingredients.Add the fish and mix well


  8. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  9. Add the green tomatoes, cook for 1 minute.Add the green tomatoes


  10. Turn off the heat and transfer the dish to a serving plate.

    Serve on a plate!


  • If big red chillies are used instead of green chillies, the green tomatoes should be substituted with red tomatoes as well.

Keywords: Spicy, Green tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves