Art Smith's Tilapia Wrapped in Banana Leaf
Recipe from Back to the Family by Art Smith
Servings: Serves 8
Red Pepper Sauce:
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) roasted red peppers , drained
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Tilapia Wrapped in Banana Leaf:
  • 1 bag frozen banana leaves , thawed and cut into 5- or 6-inch squares
  • 8 fillets tilapia (6 ounces each)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
To make red pepper sauce: Place the peppers, garlic and oregano in a blender.

Puree while adding the olive oil in a steady stream. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or a bowl and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

To make tilapia: Blanch the banana leaves by plunging them into the boiling water for 1 minute. Remove and immediately submerge in ice water for 1 minute. Drain. Lay with the smooth side of the leaves up on a baking sheet lightly greased with olive oil.

Place each fillet skin side up on a banana leaf and season with salt and pepper. Fold each corner of the leaf over as if you were wrapping a gift. Flip the fish over gently so that the seam side is down.

Place the fish in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

To serve: Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut a slit across the top of the banana leaf, and drizzle or spoon the red pepper sauce over the fish. Serve hot.

Back to the Family © 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers.