Friday, June 15

Cod in banana leaves

After such bad seafood luck in New Brunswick, I was inspired to make some good seafood at home. I bought some fresh cod from Charlie's Seafood Market, wrapped it in banana leaves with chili and ginger, steamed it in the oven, and served it with rice and edamame. Delicious and healthy - what do you know? It is possible!

Steamed Spicy Cod in Banana Leaves
(dish inspired by Jamie Oliver; recipe is my own)

  • 2 fresh cod fillets
  • 4 banana leaves, or parchment paper, or foil
  • 2 chilies, finely sliced (I used 1 birdseye and 1 green)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • small handful cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon or lime
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
1. preheat oven to 425 F; I suppose you could also make this in a steamer

2. lay out the banana leaves (or parchment or foil) onto a baking tray so that there are bits hanging over the edge

3. sprinkle the chilis, coconut, ginger onto the middle of the leaves and lay out the cilantro (including stems)

4. place the cod on top of all this (upside down), sprinkle it with salt, drizzle with lemon or lime juice and olive oil

5. fold the leaves (or parchment or foil) over the fish, making as tight a seal as possible

6. place a heavy oven-proof object on top (I used a cast-iron pan) and bake for 20 minutes

7. serve upside right, removing the steamed cilantro stems and sprinkling with extra chili (if you like) and fresh cilantro

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