|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 to 3|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||65%|
|Total Carbohydrate 23g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 40mg||201%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
You'll love this tender and wonderful-tasting Thai baked fish. The fillet is slathered in a fragrant coconut sauce, then wrapped in banana leaves (or aluminum foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven.
Coconut rice makes an excellent optional accompaniment, or it can be served with plain rice or potatoes. Nearly any type of fish will work in this recipe, including salmon, red snapper, cod, tilapia, sole, and others. This is easy and healthy fish recipe is also fun to make, and the taste is truly gourmet.
For the Coconut Marinade/Sauce:
2 cloves garlic
1 piece galangal
2 teaspoons ground coriander, plus more for garnish
Handful basil leaves, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 can coconut milk
2 makrut lime leaves, or 1 teaspoon lime zest
1 red chile, sliced, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chile
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 lime, juiced
For the Fish:
2 to 3 fillets, salmon, red snapper, cod, or other fish
1 package banana leaves
Steps to Make It
Make the Coconut Marinade/Sauce
Gather the ingredients.
Place shallot, garlic, galangal, coriander, basil, fish sauce, coconut milk, makrut lime leaves, sliced red chile, chili powder, and lime juice in a food processor or blender.
Process until well combined.
Marinate and Bake the Fish
Place fish fillets in a large bowl and add 1/2 the marinade. Reserve rest for later.
Slather coconut marinade over both sides of fish, then let sit in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
When fish is done marinating, spread a banana leaf approximately 1 foot square on a working surface (you will have to cut the leaf) or equivalent size of parchment paper or foil. Place 1 fillet in the center of leaf/paper/foil.
Fold both sides of wrapping material over fish, then fold both ends to create a square "packet." Turn seam-side down to keep sides from opening (unless using foil, which will stay by itself). Do the same for other fillets.
Place packets in a glass casserole dish or pie plate (to catch the drippings in case packets leak) and bake for 15 minutes at 350 F, or longer depending on the thickness of fillets.
After 15 minutes, open 1 of the packets. Insert a fork into center of fillet and gently pull back. If inside flesh is opaque and no longer transparent, fish is cooked. If not, return to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve the Fish
Warm up reserved curry sauce/marinade over low heat.
To serve fish, scoop several spoonfuls of white rice onto the side of the fish (right on the banana leaf, if using). Spoon some coconut sauce (marinade) over fish, then add a sprinkling of basil and/or coriander leaves.