Baked Fish in Banana Leaf

A healthy fish recipe that’s also easy to make and the taste is truly gourmet. Stuffed with a fragrant filling, the fish is then wrapped in banana leaves (or tin foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven.
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Cooking Time
40 mins

Paste ingredients

  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 gm garlic
  • 50 gm shallots
  • 2 sticks lemongrass
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 inch Galangal
  • 2 nos. read chilli
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 10 gm candlenuts
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil


  • 500 gm sea water fish
  • 1 pc banana leaf
  • 2pcs screqpine leaf
  • 1 pc aluminium foil
  • 2 slices of lemon


Paste preparation

  1. Blend all the paste ingredients together until smooth
  2. Heat the cooking oil and sauté all the blended ingredients
  3. When the oil has surfaced, add in the thick coconut milk
  4. Simmer until gravy has thickened

Fish preparation

  1. Clean fish with lemon slice and wash.
  2. Slit open the side
  3. Stuff the cooked paste inside the slit side of the fish and also apply the whole fish with the cooked paste.
  4. Set aside for 2 hours
  5. Layer the screwpine leaf on the banana leaf and wrap the fish
  6. Wrap again with aluminium foil and bake for about 20 minutes
  7. When it is cooked, remove the foil
  8. Place it on a plate and pour the extra cooked paste on the fish

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