Steamed fish parcels with lemon basil


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Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Published 2019

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Opening your own banana leaf parcel at the table to reveal a delicately fragranced fish fillet brings pleasing drama to a meal. If you can’t find banana leaves, use foil instead, but they are worth seeking out in Asian supermarkets for the subtle herbal taste they impart.


  • 4 x 150 g ( oz) skinless white fish fillets
  • juice of ½ a lemon


In a bowl, toss the fish fillets with lemon juice, salt and pepper and leave to marinate out of the fridge whilst you prepare the bumbu.

Trim the lemongrass to the pale white and lilac part, bruise with the handle of a knife then finely slice. Roughly chop the remaining bumbu ingredients and blend everything to a paste in a food processor or high-speed blender. Adding a little water wil