Succulent Salmon Wrapped in Banana Leaf - A Tropical Delight











Discover the rich flavors of salmon wrapped in banana leaves with this simple, delicious recipe. Perfect for those seeking a gluten-free and dairy-free option, this dish brings a taste of the tropics right to your dinner table.


Step 1: Prepare the Marinade

Start by whisking together fish sauce, garlic, and scallions to create a flavorful marinade. Submerge your salmon fillets in this mixture, ensuring they are well-coated. Let them sit in the refrigerator, absorbing the flavors for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours if you have time.
Pro Tip: For an extra flavor boost, let the salmon marinate overnight.

Step 2: Make Scented Rice Powder

While the salmon is marinating, take white rice and pulse it in a spice grinder until coarsely ground. This creates a textured rice powder that will add a wonderful mouthfeel and another layer of flavor to your dish.
Pro Tip: Keep some rice powder chunky for an interesting texture.

Step 3: Prepare Banana Leaves

Lay out your banana leaves on a clean surface. The vivid green of the leaves not only adds a visual element to the dish but infuses the salmon with a subtle, grassy aroma as it cooks, transporting your senses to a tropical paradise.
Pro Tip: Briefly pass the banana leaves over an open flame to make them more pliable.

Step 4: Wrap the Salmon

Remove the salmon from the marinade, discard the excess liquid, and coat each fillet with the scented rice powder. Then place each fillet at the center of a banana leaf, fold the leaf over the salmon, tucking in the edges to form a neat parcel. Each wrap turns into a small, aromatic package, promising a burst of flavor.
Pro Tip: Secure parcels with kitchen twine if needed.

Step 5: Steam to Perfection

Place the banana leaf parcels in a steamer basket set over boiling water. Cover and steam until the salmon is cooked through, usually around 10-13 minutes. Meanwhile, warm up the remaining marinade in a pot or in the microwave; this will be your dipping sauce, a liquid echo of the flavors wrapped in the leaf.
Pro Tip: Check for doneness by carefully opening a parcel.