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Salmon in Banana Leaves

with Coconut-Chile Pepper Paste
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Salmon in Banana Leaves

Salmon in Banana Leaves - Thai from the oven: Spicy fish packets

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Health Score:
8,7 / 10
20 min.
ready in 35 min.
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Nutritional values

One serving contains just under twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin B12. In our nerve plexus it is needed to participate in the fat structures of the cell-protecting membranes. Without this vitamin, the layer around the nerve cell would break down - and our nerves would literally be stripped bare.

This dish is low in carbohydrates and therefore fits perfectly into a low-carb diet. For those who do not want to do without a side dish, jasmine rice is recommended. It is very popular in Thailand and goes well with fish.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie296 kcal(14 %)
Protein42 g(43 %)
Fat10 g(9 %)
Carbohydrates8 g(5 %)
Sugar added5 g(20 %)
Roughage1 g(3 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D1.8 μg(9 %)
Vitamin E1.2 mg(10 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.1 mg(9 %)
Niacin17.8 mg(148 %)
Vitamin B₆1.5 mg(107 %)
Folate52 μg(17 %)
Pantothenic acid1.6 mg(27 %)
Biotin6.4 μg(14 %)
Vitamin B₁₂5.4 μg(180 %)
Vitamin C18 mg(19 %)
Potassium644 mg(16 %)
Calcium70 mg(7 %)
Magnesium68 mg(23 %)
Iron2 mg(13 %)
Iodine47 μg(24 %)
Zinc1.4 mg(18 %)
Saturated fatty acids3.5 g
Uric acid301 mg
Cholesterol115 mg
Development of this recipe:


2 Banana leaf (or aluminum foil)
1 bunch cilantro
4 sprigs mint
1 Lime
1 piece fresh ginger (about 20 grams)
2 garlic
3 red chile peppers
1 teaspoon Coriander
2 teaspoons Cumin
1 tablespoon cane sugar
50 milliliters Coconut milk (9% fat)
30 milliliters Heavy cream
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
50 milliliters Vegetable broth
4 Salmon (fillets, without skin, each approx 180 grams)
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Kitchen utensils

1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Pot, 1 Large knife, 1 Citrus juicer, 1 Peeler, 1 Immersion blender, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Toothpick, 1 Baking sheet, 1 deep bowl

Preparation steps

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 1

Rinse banana leaves, wipe dry and cut into 4 pieces (about 30 x 30 cm) (approximately 12 x 12 inches). Blanch in a pot of boiling water to soften, about 30 seconds, then rinse under cold water and wipe dry.

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 2

Rinse cilantro and mint, shake dry, pluck leaves and chop coarsely. Squeeze out juice from the lime.

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 3

Peel ginger and garlic and coarsely chop. Rinse chile pepper, wipe dry, remove seeds and coarsely chop. Combine all in a tall vessel.

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 4

Add cilantro, mint, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, lime juice, brown sugar, coconut milk, heavy cream, fish sauce and vegetable broth. Puree with an immersion blender to a coarse consistency and season with salt and pepper.

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 5

Rinse the salmon fillets, pat dry and place a fillet in the center of each banana leaf.

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 6

Spread the spice paste over the fish fillets, wrap the banana leaves to enclose the filling and secure with toothpicks.

Salmon in Banana Leaves preparation step 7

Place packets on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven at 200°C (fan oven 180°C, gas mark 3) (approximately 400°F/convection 350°F) until fish is cooked through, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately.