Pan-Grilled Rockfish Fillet in Banana Leaf

This recipe uses a marinade of sambal paste and lemongrass. Once you have the sambal on hand you can create many delicious...
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This recipe uses a marinade of sambal paste and lemongrass. Once you have the sambal on hand you can create many delicious spicy meals, like this pan-grilled rockfish fillet in banana leaf with okra and angle beans. This recipe uses rockfish, but you can opt for skate wing, stingray, or any mildly flavored fish. 

 

Notes

*Note: Dried shrimps (optional) if using, stir in with the sambal paste.

Ingredients

  • pieces of banana leaves, divided
  • Peanut oil, for greasing the banana leaf
  • 8  Tablespoons  sambal paste with lemongrass, divided
  • 3  Tablespoons  dried shrimps, soaked, optional, to serve
  • pieces of rockfish fillets, divided
  • okra, sliced, divided
  • 4-5  angle beans, sliced, divided
  • 1/2  small red onion, sliced, divided
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Calamansi limes
  • Rice, cooked, to serve

Directions

Place two banana leaves on a hot cast-iron pan and grease with peanut oil. Place two tablespoons of sambal paste in the center of the banana leaf and spread it around. Place 2 pieces of fish fillet over the sambal paste and let it cook briefly, about a minute. Then cover the pan with a lid. Once the fish is cooked on one side, about 4 to 5 minutes, remove the lid and use a spatula to turn the fish over. Scatter the prepared vegetables all over the fish and top it with extra sambal (about 2 tablespoons).

Cover the pan again for another 4 to 5 minutes, stir the vegetables around, and season with salt and calamansi juice. Serve warm with steamed rice.

Repeat with the second half of the ingredients.

Grill Shopping Tip

Think twice before buying a thicker piece of meat; a 2-inch thick steak takes four times (not twice) as long as 1-inch thick steak to cook.

Grill Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.