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BARBECUED SKATE

BARBECUE, SINGAPORE-STYLE: SPICE-SLATHERED SKATE GRILLED IN BANANA LEAVES
 

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It’s some of the most beloved barbecue in Southeast Asia. And yet for most Americans, its primary ingredient is a “trash fish”. Skate, aka stingray. But slather it with a mouth-blasting paste of lemongrass and chiles, grill it in banana leaf packets, and you’ve got one heck of a fish dinner. Here’s how we make it on the set of Le Maitre du Grill. (See recipe on page 450 of Planet Barbecue.)

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Make a spice paste with macadamia nuts, lemongrass, chiles, ginger, garlic, and turmeric. Slather the skate (incidentally, this recipe also works well with halibut) with the spice paste and wrap in banana leaves.

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Grill until the leaves are browned and the skate is fragrant and sizzling.

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It’s the next best thing to a trip to Singapore!

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