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Fish Baked in Banana Leaves Recipe

Ingredients :

1.5 kg

2 cloves

1 tablespoon


1 teaspoon

2 tablespoons

1 tablespoon

1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

3 tablespoons

Medium-size snapper



Onion, chopped

Fresh ginger, chopped finely

Tamarind liquid

Dark soy sauce

Sambal ulek, optional


Ground turmeric

Finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

Banana leaves or foil for wrapping

Method :
  • Wash the fish and pat dry with paper towel.

  • Score the flesh diagonally on each side.

  • Put onion, garlic, ginger, tamarind liquid, soy sauce, oil, sambal ulek, salt and turmeric into blender container, cover and blend until smooth.

  • Rub blended mixture well into the fish on both sides and put remaining mixture inside body cavity.

  • Put fish on 2 or 3 large pieces of banana leaves in a baking dish, sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves and fold banana leaves over to enclose the fish.

  • Secure with bamboo skewers.

  • Bake in a moderate oven for 35-40 minutes or until fish is cooked.

  • Oven temperature should be 170oC-190oC.

  • When ready to serve, the flesh will look milky white and flake easily when tested with a fork.

  • Replace banana leaves after testing, lift fish on to a serving plate and open banana leaves at the table.

  • Serve hot.


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