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Baked Fish in Banana Leaves

Fish that is prepared in this way is particularly succulent and flavourful. Fillets are used here rather than whole fish ? easier for those who don't like to mess about with bones. It is a great dish for outdoor barbecues.

ingredients

serves 4
250 ml (8 fl oz) 1 cup coconut milk
30 ml (2 tbsp) red curry paste
45 ml (3 tbsp) fish sauce
30 ml (2 tbsp) caster sugar
5 kaffir lime leaves, torn
4 x 175 g (6 oz) fish fillets, such as snapper
175 g (6 oz) mixed vegetables, such as carrots or leeks, finely shredded
4 banana leaves
30 ml (2 tbsp) shredded spring onions, to garnish
2 red chillies, finely sliced, to garnish

method

1. Combine the coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, sugar and kaffir lime leaves in a shallow dish.

2. Marinate the fish in this mixture for about 15-30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

3. Mix the vegetables together and lay a portion on top of a banana leaf. Place a piece of fish on top with a little of its marinade.

4. Wrap the fish up by turning in the sides and ends of the leaf and secure with cocktail sticks. Repeat with the rest of the leaves and fish.

5. Bake in the hot oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until the fish is cooked. Alternatively, cook under the grill/broiler or on the barbeque. Just before serving, garnish the fish with a sprinkling of spring onions and sliced red chillies.

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