Arsik is a popular dish for batak people from North Sumatera, Indonesia. This recipe is not an authentic arsik recipe, because some of the ingredients are not available here in Germany (that’s why I use the words inspired by… ?). I don’t use andaliman (batak Sichuan pepper), instead of torch ginger fruit (bunga rias/kecombrang) I use pointed red paprika (Just to make it look colorful). To replace candlenut (kemiri), I use macadamia nuts. We Usually use fish especially common carp and tilapia fish, or meat especially pork. The way we cook arsik in North Sumatera is also different, it’s not baked but cooked for at least 1 hour (so, all spices can be absorbed by the fish). But in this recipe, instead of cooking for long time, I let it marinate for 1 hour.


  1. Ingredients:
  2. 375 gr salmon fillet
  3. Salt
  4. 1 tsp Honey
  5. For spice paste:
  6. 1 pepperoni (you can skip this if you don't like spicy)
  7. 1/2 red onion
  8. 1 cloves garlic
  9. 1/2 tomato
  10. 10 macadamia nuts (to replace candlenut)
  11. 3/4 tsp turmeric
  12. For sliced seasoning:
  13. 1/2 red onion
  14. 1 sweet pointed paprika
  15. 1 green onion
  16. 1/2 tomato
  17. Some chives


  1. For the spice paste: Using a food processor, process all the Ingredients until smooth, and reach it’s paste textures. Or you can make it manually using mortar and pestle like I do… ?

  2. For the sliced seasoning: slice all the Ingredients into small slices

  3. In a bowl, mix the spice paste and the sliced seasoning, add 1 tsp honey, and salt to taste

  4. Add the Salmon into the mixture of spice paste and sliced seasoning, let it cover by all the spice, and let it marinate for 1 hour

  5. Place the salmon and all the spices in a baking pan. Bake it for 20 to 30 minutes (170 degrees celcius)

  6. Baked salmon is ready to be served!! Check the video how did I make this recipe on my YouTube channel. Here is the link :

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