Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish with Tomatillo Salsa
Excellent fish choices for this exotic entree are halibut, cod, tilapia, and snapper. Banana leaves (the leaves of the banana plant) are large, flexible, and waterproof. Throughout the world, in countries like Thailand, India, and Mexico, they’re used as wraps for food. Steaming with banana leaves imparts a sweet flavor and aroma to dishes. Asian and Hispanic markets are your best bet for purchasing them. They’re also available online.
Servings Prep Time
12servings 40minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
12servings 40minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut banana leaves into pieces just large enough to wrap around fish.
  2. Season fish with spices (next 5 ingredients), and wrap fillets in banana leaves.
  3. In a large hot steamer, place banana-leaf-wrapped fish fillets and steam till fish are cooked. Time depends on thickness and type of fish, from 5 to 12 minutes.
  4. To make Tomatillo Sauce, bring all remaining ingredients (starting with pureed tomatillos), except lemon juice, to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice. Serve sauce with fish.