Otak-Otak

Try out this Indonesian “brainbrain” fish sausage, named for its appearance and bursting with flavor whether it’s grilled or steamed.

| July 2019

otak-otak
Photo by Getty/yuliang11

Yields: About 2 Pounds 

Translated literally, the name of this Indonesian fish sausage means “brainbrain,” perhaps a reference to its appearance. It is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves, then grilled or steamed. We use sheep casings instead here—a bit easier to find and perfectly suitable for the task.

Equipment:

  • Grinder with the fine (1⁄8-inch) die
  • Stuffer
  • 1 metal mixing bowl
  • Sheet pan
  • Wire rack

Ingredients:

  • 6 feet sheep casings
  • 2 pounds whitefish fillets, such as tilapia, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and green parts

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your casings. Refrigerate the mixing bowl and all the grinder and stuffer parts. Freeze the fish, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Assemble your grinder. Place the bowl next to the grinder and grind the whitefish fillets into the bowl.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, cornstarch, coconut milk (shake the can vigorously before opening), sugar, and scallions. Knead the mixture for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Cook a test piece, taste and adjust the seasonings as preferred, then refrigerate the remaining mix.
  5. Assemble your stuffer. Lubricate the horn and slide the casing onto it. Dampen your work surface with water. Stuff the fish into the casing, tying off the open ends at the beginning and end.
  6. Prick any air bubbles.
  7. Twist off links, alternating directions for each link.
  8. Refrigerate overnight, uncovered, on a wire rack set over a sheet pan. Cook or freeze within 3 days.

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Excerpt from Easy Sausage Making: Essential Techniques and Recipes to Master Making Sausages at Home, by Will Budiaman, published by Rockridge Press. Copyright © 2017 by Callisto Media. All rights reserved.






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