Do you love Fish? Do you know eating Fish is really good for health, especially your eyes? Today, I will introduce a new way to cook one of Vietnamese Fish Recipes. It is Grilled Fish in Banana Leaves (Cá Nướng Lá Chuối). I promise that you will never regret when cooking this dish. It will bring a spectacular and Vietnamese traditional flavor in your mouth.
Grilled Fish in Banana Leaves (Cá Nướng Lá Chuối)
If you are ready to cook one of amazing Vietnamese Fish Recipes like this dish, please follow our instructions below carefully. Let us cook now.


1 big snake head fish / round scad fish
Spices for marinate fish: dried purple onion + salt + maggi’s stuff + sesame oil + vegetable oil + saffron flour + sliced spring onion. Mix together and stir well. (Mixture A)
Spices for sauce: 2 tablespoons minced pineapple + 1 small bowl shrimp paste (mắm nêm – buy at Vietnamese Markets) + sugar + minced garlic + chili + lemon juice.
Star fruit, green banana, pineapple, Vietnamese mint
Vermicelli, Rice Pancake (Bánh Đa – Buy at Vietnamese Markets)
Banana leaves, roasted peanut.
Vegetable: Salad + basil + hear leaf + bean sprout, clean them.


Step 1: Clean fish with water added a little salt. If there have fish scales, use knife to scale them away. Cut some lines on body fish. Marinate with mixture A. Use your hands to apply spices around fish. Wait about 3 – 4 hours.

Step 2: Peel off the cover of pineapple, cut off their eyes. Use ½ pineapple for this step. Slice small and grind it.
Step 3: Garlic + chili: peel off the cover, and mince. Add grinded pineapple + minced garlic + chili + sugar into shrimp paste bowl. You should know when cooking one of amazing Vietnamese Fish Recipes like this dish is shrimp paste is really salty. So, you have to add more sugar into it, stir well and taste until it is suit your flavor. After that, add some lemon juice drops into this mixture.
Step 4:

- Clean star fruit, cut off margin of them and slice into long pieces. (like photo)
- Use ½ pineapple left, slice into long pieces. (like photo)
- Green banana slice into thin circle shapes. Soak into water before using.
- Clean Vietnamese mint, spring onion, wait to dry.

Step 5: Soak vermicelli into hot water about 3 – 5 minutes to clean it. Then, wash in cold water about 1 minute.
Step 6: After marinate fish, cover it by banana leaves. Bring to grill until leaves are fragrant with charcoal. If you want to make sure fish is cooked, you can steam fish about 3 – 5 minutes before grilling.
Step 7: Slice small spring onion, add a little oil and fry them about 1 minute. After that, apply it and crushed roasted peanut around fish.
Finally, your dish is ready. Using this meal with shrimp paste (in step 3) + sliced star fruit + vegetable + vermicelli + rice pancake will bring a stunning flavor in your mouth. Hope you will like it and do not miss our next Vietnamese Fish Recipes soon. Good Luck for your Cooking.

From Vietnamese Food Team.

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    Cab 2013-08-19 10:07:42 Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It will be even better if you could tell us how to eat this fish. I mean, do I eat the vermicelli with the fish on it or do I pour the dressing onto the fish and add the vermicelli? Please advise.

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      Nhu 2013-08-19 10:07:42

      you can wrap the vermicelli with the fish and some herbs and pickle carrot and daikon by using rice paper, if you want, you can use lettuce leaf to wrap them up, then dip it into the sauce. It is the same way you wrap the spring roll and dip into the.

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    fmed 2014-02-28 03:55:45 Reply

    Thank you for feedback It will be helpful.

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