Ginger Garlic Fish in Banana Leaves

January20

Steaming Ginger Garlic Fish in Banana Leaves is a great way to eat healthy without adding extra fat or calories. The leaves add a subtle, exotic flavor! Who said that healthy eating means boring same-old-same-old eating? No! 

Here’s a great way to eat healthy without piling on extra fat or calories: steam your fish in banana leaves!

Wait… you’ve never heard of cooking with banana leaves? In many parts of Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, food is wrapped in banana leaves and then barbecued, baked or steamed. The leaves add a subtle, exotic flavor, unlike parchment paper or foil. Banana leaves are also known as plantain leaves.

Banana leaves are particularly handy when it comes to steaming fish because fillets often fall apart in a steamer. Using the banana leaves not only helps the fillets keep their shape, but if you add vegetables, you’ve got a meal in a packet. Handy-dandy, wouldn’t you say? Click here for the recipe.

You can find banana leaves in ethnic markets or large supermarkets and they are usually frozen. You can also  order online here.

Ginger Garlic Fish in Banana Leaves is a great “first recipe” if  you’ve never cooked with banana leaves. Get creative! Substitute chopped chicken, beef or pork for the fish and add whatever veggies you have on hand. The cooking time will change, so adjust the recipe as needed.

Steaming Ginger Garlic Fish in Banana Leaves is a great way to eat healthy without adding extra fat or calories. The leaves add a subtle, exotic flavor!

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12 thoughts on “Ginger Garlic Fish in Banana Leaves

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  2. ellen beck

    This looks terrific nd I would love it but theere is a drawback on the banana leaves part. I dont think I have ever seen banana leaves offered anywhere.

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    1. Christina Post author

      You have to go into an ethnic market or order them online. That’s a lot of effort, I know, but it might be fun to step way outta the box for a fun meal! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. M.Clark

    This looks delicious, I’m sure it’s very flavorful, I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.