Coconut Fish Parcels with Mango Salsa


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My Asian Kitchen

My Asian Kitchen

By Jennifer Joyce

Published 2018

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Thai pastes and chilli jams are an easy cheat for throwing together a quick dinner. Yellow curry paste has a tremendous tangy lemongrass flavour and puts the oomph into these fish parcels. Tom yum paste, nam prik or red curry paste can also be used. I like the Mae Ploy brand. Steam up some fresh green vegetables and rice to make this a more substantial meal.

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes


  • 4 thick chunky fish fillets (200 g/7 oz each)
  • 4 tsp yellow or red curry paste
  • 4 tsp fish sauce
  • 100 ml (3½ fl oz) coconut cream
  • 4 tbsp toasted coconut

Roasted Chilli Sauce

  • 150 g (5½ oz) caster sugar
  • 150 ml 5 fl oz) rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

Mango Salsa

  • 2 small ripe but firm mangoes, diced
  • 3 small shallots, sliced
  • small handful chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • lime wedges and coriander (cilantro), to serve
  • 8 sheets foil or 4 large (25 cm/ 10 inch) squares of banana leaf, for wrapping


To make the roasted chilli sauce, heat the sugar and rice vinegar in a small saucepan. After it boils, let it reduce for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat. Add the chilli flakes, lime juice and fish sauce. Let cool and pour into a serving bowl.

To make the mango salsa, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

If using banana leaves, turn on your stovetop hob and run each banana leaf through the heat. This will soften them and make them pliable for wrapping. For the foil, use two for each parcel.

Place the fish on top of the banana leaf or foil squares. Mix the curry paste, fish sauce and coconut cream together. Spread over all sides of the fish. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

If using foil, bring the top and bottom together and fold twice for a secure package. Bring the sides in and fold the edges twice too. Make sure there is a little room so that the fish can steam. If using banana leaf, then fold the bottom over the fish and bring the top down. Bring the sides all the way over and secure with a toothpick. The fish can be wrapped and then refrigerated for up to 8 hours before grilling.

Preheat an outdoor grill. Grill over medium direct heat for about 12 minutes and then remove.

Serve the fish with lime wedges and scattered with coriander, along with the roasted chilli sauce for dipping and the mango salsa. Add rice and steamed greens for a more substantial meal.