Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves Recipe

Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves Recipe

Ingredients :

750g firm white fish fillets, cut into 8 pieces of same size

Salt to taste

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated finely

1/2 teaspoon turmeric, ground

2 onions

4 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon thick coconut milk

1 tablespoon ground rice

8 leaves Chinese mucstard cabbage

Large pieces of banana leaves

Sprigs of fresh cilantro leaves


Method :

Wash the fish and pat dry with kitchen towels. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and turmeric. Leave aside. Prepare the remaining ingredients by slicing one onion and set aside. Use a food processor to blend the other onion, garlic, ginger, chili powder and coconut milk to a smooth paste. Pour the paste into a bowl and mix with some salt, pepper and turmeric,m ground rice and sesame oil. Put the pieces of fish and coat well.

Slice and remove the thick rib in the middle of the cabbage leaves. Cut the banana leaves into large wrap pieces for the fish. Soak them in hot water for about 30 seconds to soften them. Put a leaf  of mustard cabbage on a banana leaf and a fish on top of it with some of the spice mixture. Top it with a few cilantro leaves and a few sliced onions.

Wrap the fish in the banana leaves into parcels. Hold the leaves with toothpicks. Heat up a steamer to the boil. Steam the fish parcels over gently boiling water for about 20 minutes. Do not remove from the leaves when serving. Let the diners open the parcels on their own. Best to serve with steamed white rice.


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