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Hello there! I'm thrilled to have you here on this culinary adventure!
Today, I'm in the mood for something savory and healthy, which is why I'm making a fish fillet that caught my eye a few days ago.I've gathered all the ingredients and fired up my ceramic grill. With confidence in my culinary skills, I began following the recipe, envisioning a beautiful dish that I could proudly share with you through photos or a video. I also love plating; I think most people eat through their eyes first.
However, reality didn't quite match my expectations this time. While multitasking between capturing photos and videos for you while cooking, things didn't go as planned. Unfortunately, on the first try, my ceramic grill failed to light up, and my fish fillets fell short of the mouthwatering perfection I had envisioned. But amidst the chaos, I managed to salvage a somewhat decent result. It's all part of the culinary journey, and I'm determined to learn from this experience and strive for better next time!
So, without further ado, let's dive into the step-by-step process of making this savory and healthy Thai Fish Fillet Baked in Banana Leaf recipe.
- Light your grill or preheat the oven to 375°F. While the grill/oven is heating up, rinse the fish fillets and pat them dry. Set them aside while gathering all the other ingredients. You'll need:White fish fillets, banana leaves, oil, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chili pepper (optional), fresh cilantro for garnish.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oil, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, and sliced chili pepper (if using). Stir everything together to create a marinade.
Take each fish fillet and coat it generously with the marinade. Let them marinate for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to seep into the fish. While the fish is marinating, prepare the banana leaves. Rinse fresh banana leaves under cold water and pat them dry with a clean towel. Cut the leaves into rectangles large enough to wrap each fish fillet.
Lightly brush one side of each banana leaf rectangle with oil to prevent sticking (in my case, I believed that my fish marinade contained enough oil, which is why I opted not to brush any additional oil onto the leaf). Place a marinated fish fillet in the center of the oiled side. Fold the sides of the banana leaf over the fish, followed by the top and bottom, creating a neat packet. If needed, secure the packet with a toothpick. Repeat this process for each fillet.
Once the grill/oven is at 350°F, place the banana leaf packets on the grill, leaving some space between them for even cooking. Bake the fish for about 20-25 minutes until it is cooked through and easily flakes with a fork.
Once cooked, remove the banana leaf packets from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Carefully open each packet, being cautious of the steam and juice.
Transfer the fish fillets to individual plates. Garnish each fillet with fresh cilantro leaves for an extra touch of flavor and presentation. I served the Fish Fillets with steamed rice and a side of vegetables for a complete and delicious meal.
Although my attempt to record the process may not have gone as smoothly as planned, I assure you I'll make it up to you with better videos and photos in the future! I promise that next time the end result will be a rewarding meal worth the wait and anticipation! Stay tuned for more culinary delights coming your way!
Voila! May your culinary journey bring you endless enjoyment and satisfaction! I hope you enjoy kooking delicious meals and indulging mouthwatering meals. Here’s to happy kooking and even happier eating! Bon appetit!