Are you looking for a new and exciting way to cook fish? Look no further! Today, I’m going to share with you a fantastic recipe for steamed cod in banana leaf. Steaming fish in banana leaves not only imparts a subtle and delicious flavor but also keeps the fish moist and tender. It’s the perfect method for cooking mild white fish like cod.
Why Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf is Worth Trying
Steamed fish in banana leaf is not your average fish recipe. The unique cooking method and the addition of banana leaves elevate the flavor and presentation of the dish. The process is simple, and the result is truly amazing. Once you try it, it might become your new favorite way to cook fish!
Finding Banana Leaves
Now, I know that finding banana leaves can sometimes be a challenge. But trust me, it’s worth the effort. In my quest to find them, I had to visit several stores until I discovered a local source. I was lucky enough to find frozen banana leaves, and I stocked up!
Unfortunately, that store has since closed. But don’t worry, you can still purchase banana leaves online. However, I must warn you that they can be quite expensive on platforms like Amazon. I recommend looking for fresh banana leaves, as they are more affordable and readily available.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need for this mouthwatering banana leaf wrapped fish:
- Cod fillets (about ½-inch thick or 1.27 cm)
- Orange, lemon, or lime slices
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh basil
- Salt and pepper
For the specific quantities of each ingredient, check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post. If you don’t have cod, you can use any other white fish fillets that are about 5-6 ounces each and ½-inch thick.
Steaming Fish in Banana Leaf: Step-by-Step Guide
Now, let’s walk through the process of steaming fish in banana leaf. It’s easier than you might think!
- Fill a pot, preferably a large Dutch oven, about ⅔-¾ full with water. Bring it to a boil over medium heat.
- Rinse the fresh banana leaves thoroughly and pat them dry. Cut them into 12-14 inch (30.5-35.6 cm) lengths, and trim the tough stem ends.
- Take two banana leaves and place one perpendicularly over the other to make a cross shape.
- Put three citrus slices in the middle of the packet, and place a fish fillet on top. Sprinkle each fillet with lime juice, fresh basil, and season with salt and pepper. Repeat the process with the remaining packets.
- Fold the leaves to create a packet. Starting with the right edge, wrap it over the fish. Then, wrap the left edge over the fish, ensuring a snug fit.
- Fold the bottom edge of the packet under, and tie it closed with a reserved tough leaf end or kitchen twine. Fold the top edge under and secure it with another leaf end.
- Wrap the remaining packets, and place them in the steamer. Put the cover on the steamer and carefully position it on top of your pot of boiling water.
Steaming Time and Serving Suggestions
Steam the fish packets over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. The exact steaming time will depend on the thickness of the fish fillets and the size of your steamer. To ensure that the fish is fully cooked, use a meat thermometer to check that it has reached an internal temperature of at least 145°F (63°C). The cooked fish should be opaque and flake easily with a fork.
Once your steamed cod is ready, you can serve it with a variety of sides. If you’re looking for a low-calorie and refreshing option, try a watermelon cucumber salad. It pairs perfectly with the delicate flavors of the fish. You can also add some wild rice or your favorite whole grain for added fiber and texture.
Expert Tips and Final Thoughts
This steamed fish in banana leaf recipe is not only delicious but also a healthy choice. It’s low in calories, low in fat, and packed with protein. The combination of flavors and nutrients makes it a perfect dish if you’re aiming for weight loss or a wholesome meal.
Remember, finding the right balance between healthy and tasty food is key to sustaining a long-term healthy lifestyle. So, give this recipe a try and let the flavors of the fish and banana leaves delight your taste buds.
For more delightful and easy-to-follow recipes, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill’s website. Happy cooking!