Grilled Vietnamese Fish in Banana Leaves

, from Issue #40. August, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Grilled Vietnamese Fish in Banana Leaves

Fish bites wrapped in banana leaves coated with chilli and coconut cream. Served with rice and fresh herbs to complete this flavourful vietnamese dish.

Serves: 6


600 grams firm white fish fillets
2 tablespoons coconut cream
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
pinch of chilli powder
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

To cook
2 banana leaves cut into 6 large squares or 6 squares of foil

To serve
Thai basil or mint
hot cooked rice or noodles


Cut the fish into large, bite-sized pieces.

Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and season. Add the fish and turn to coat well.

To cook: Place the fish in a single layer on the pieces of banana leaf and fold in the sides to form a package. Secure with toothpicks.

Cook on a preheated barbecue flat-plate or in a hot sauté pan for 3-4 minutes each side.

Unwrap the parcels and serve with rice, fresh herbs and nuoc cham.

Pantry note: Banana leaves are available from Asian food stores in the frozen food section. Thaw before using.