Fish baked in banana leaves

Fish baked in banana leaves

main courses | serves 4

1. In a blender, whizz up all ingredients except the fish, banana leaves and choi sum. Cut a few gashes in the fish skin and rub the spice paste into the skin side of the fillets. Place in a bowl, cover and marinate for up to 2 hours in the fridge.
2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Blanch the banana leaves for a couple of minutes in a large pan and cut each leaf in half across the middle. Place a pile of choi sum leaves on each half leaf, lay a fish fillet on top, then wrap up into a parcel, securing with a skewer if needed. Place the parcels on a baking tray and bake for 10?12 minutes.
3. Serve with rice, lime wedges and chopped chilli.


Recipe Kate McCullough
Photo David Loftus

from Issue 8


2 large garlic cloves, peeled
2?3 green chillies
2 lemongrass stalks, outer layers discarded
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
zest and juice of
1 lime
small bunch of coriander
4 fillets sea bass, sea bream or similar
2 banana leaves
100g choi sum (or bok choi or similar)
rice, lime wedges and finely chopped red chilli, to serve

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