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Thai-Style Fish

in Banana Leaves with Papaya Salad
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Thai-Style Fish

Thai-Style Fish - A light, fruity Asian-Style main dish

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Health Score:
9,1 / 10
1 hr 10 min.
ready in 2 h. 15 min.
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Nutritional values

Papayas score points with plenty of cell-protecting beta-carotene. This plant-based vitamin A precursor acts like a sunscreen from the inside because it makes the skin less sensitive to UV rays. The exotic fish dish also provides the ideal metabolic partner for this - vitamin E.

Those who do not want to enjoy the fish packages as a low-carbohydrate evening meal can offer bread. Thin flat cakes from the asian shop go particularly well with them.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie285 kcal(14 %)
Protein37 g(38 %)
Fat9 g(8 %)
Carbohydrates11 g(7 %)
Sugar added5 g(20 %)
Roughage3.5 g(12 %)
Vitamin A0.3 mg(38 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E5.2 mg(43 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.2 mg(18 %)
Niacin9.4 mg(78 %)
Vitamin B₆0.4 mg(29 %)
Folate38 μg(13 %)
Pantothenic acid0.7 mg(12 %)
Biotin10.9 μg(24 %)
Vitamin B₁₂1.6 μg(53 %)
Vitamin C86 mg(91 %)
Potassium899 mg(22 %)
Calcium109 mg(11 %)
Magnesium104 mg(35 %)
Iron2.8 mg(19 %)
Iodine9 μg(5 %)
Zinc2.6 mg(33 %)
Saturated fatty acids1 g
Uric acid300 mg
Cholesterol145 mg
Development of this recipe:


1 ½ lbs Catfish
1 Tbsp red Curry paste
5 Tbsps Thai fish sauce
4 Tbsps Broth
3 Tbsps vegetable oil
1 lb Banana leaf
8 Lime leaves
7 ozs tender Celery
2 red onions
½ bunch cilantro
1 large green Papaya
1 Lime
1 Tbsp sugar
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Kitchen utensils

1 Bowl, 1 Small bowl, 1 Wok (with lid), 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Peeler, 1 Mandoline, 1 Lid, 1 Steamer basket

Preparation steps

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 1

Rinse fish, pat dry, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 2

In a bowl, mix together curry paste, 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce, the broth and a few drops of oil. Add fish, turn to coat and set aside to marinate. 

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 3

Open banana leaves and cut out thick inner veins. Cut some of the leaves into 12 strips, about 12 inches long, to use for tying bundles. Cut remaining leaves into 8 squares, each about 10 x 10 inches. Rinse squares thoroughly and pat dry.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 4

To make banana squares more pliable, warm them on on at a time over a hot stove or in a single layer in the oven. Divide marinated fish among the squares. Rinse lime leaves and shake dry, then place 1 on each each square. Fold opposite sides of banana squares over the fish to cover.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 5

Fold remaining two sides of squares over fish to form a bundle. Carefully tie with reserved banana-leaf strips (the leaves may tear slightly). Refrigerate up to 1 hour.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 6

Meanwhile, rinse celery, remove and strings and cut celery into long, thin strips.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 7

Peel onions and slice thinly. Rinse cilantro, shake dry, pluck leaves and coarsely chop. 

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 8

Peel and core papaya. With a mandoline or peeler, shave papaya into very thin strips. Place in a bowl and knead briefly with a little salt.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 9

Squeeze juice from lime and measure out 4 tablespoons. In a bowl, mix lime juice with the remaining fish sauce and the sugar. In a large bowl, combine celery, onions, cilantro and papaya. Pour lime-dressing over the top and add remaining oil. Toss together and let marinate 40 minutes.

Thai-Style Fish preparation step 10

Fill a wok with water to reach 1-inch up the sides. Place a steamer basket in a wok and add fish packets. Cover, bring water to a boil and steam until packets darken, 12-15 minutes. Remove packets and serve immediately with the papaya salad.