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Baked Fish in Banana Leaf

I always think that food wrapped in packages (like in foil, pandan leaves, and in this case – banana leaves) look professional. So when I saw this recipe in a cookbook for a banana wrapped baked fish, I thought this was a great chance for a noob like me to fake being a pro ;p This recipe is actually delightfully simple, because of the minimal of ingredients used. I’ve always loved my fish dishes simple so that the ingredients used help to enhance the taste and freshness of the fish, but not mask it.


Baked Ginger Soy Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf

Baked Ginger Soy Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf

The marinade only calls for 3 simple ingredients of soy sauce, ginger juice and lime juice. As a special touch I rubbed a little bit of hot chilli powder to spice things up just a little bit.

Baked Fish in Banana Leaf Recipe

The banana leaf gives a nice aroma to the baked fish, but you can always use aluminium foil to wrap the fish instead if banana leaf is unavailable.


  • 1 whole fresh fish (red snapper is used in this recipe) scaled, gutted and cleaned
  • 2 large banana leaf sheets

(A) Marinade

  • 1 1/2 tbsp ginger juice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • dashes of white pepper powder to taste
  • 1/2 tsp hot chilli powder optional


  1. Make a few diagonal slits on each side of the fish. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Combine (A) in a small bowl. Brush both sides of the fish with the marinade for at least 1 hour in the fridge.
  3. Prep the banana leaves by placing it on top of a heated pan or oven for a few minutes, or rinsed in boiling water. This softens the leaf and also releases the aroma.
  4. Place the heated banana leaf in a baking tray. Place the fish in the center of the leaf and pour the remaining marinade over. Use the other piece of banana leaf to form the top, and secure the sides with toothpicks.
  5. Bake the fish for about 10-15 minutes in a preheated oven of 170°C (350°F), or until cooked.

36 comments on “Baked Fish in Banana Leaf”

  1. I luv fish wrapped in banana leaves. It is so healthy and delicious.

  2. I prefer whole fish and so should everyone else…look at the end result…fabulous!

  3. ah. a whole fish cooked in a banana leaf is just amazing. in Chinese cuisine, a whole fish steamed with minimal ingredients (so you can actually taste the fish at its most fresh) is quite the luxury dish. this definitely looks pro and delicious. x

  4. The fish looks nice and fresh. I cant recall what banana leaf smells like though..hmm. U have to cook the fish once again and send it over for me to recall what banana leaf smells like.

  5. I love ingredients that is baked. It can somehow preserves the nutrient and savoury taste of it. This is lovely and it really looks and tastes good in banana leaves! :up:

  6. Thanks for the kind words everyone. :-)

    I guess it can be quite challenging looking for fresh banana leaves in other parts of the world. There is an abundance of them in Singapore supermarkets so I really treasure them.

  7. Your fish looks very beautifully done.

    My fish always turn out over-cooked. Hehe.

  8. No question, this is definitely delicious.

  9. You could also staple the leaves together.

    I would like to try this grilled on my gas barbecue grill.

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