Tilapia in Banana Leaf

In this tasty and healthy fish recipe, tilapia is piled with veggies, drizzled with GOYA® Naranja Agria - Bitter Orange Marinade – which adds a fresh citrus taste, then wrapped in a banana leaf. In the oven, the heat trapped inside of the leaf packet will effectively steam the fish, keeping it moist and flavorful with minimal added fat.

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 min.

Total time: 45 min.


¼ cup GOYA® Bitter Orange Marinade (Naranja Agria)

2 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tbsp. GOYA® Lemon Juice

3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp. GOYA® Minced Garlic, or 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

GOYA® Adobo Light All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper, to taste

1 GOYA® Banana Leaf, thawed

4 fillets (4 oz. each) fresh tilapia, or other firm flesh white fish

½ medium red, green, orange or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

½ medium red onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)


1. Heat oven to 400˚F. In small bowl, mix together bitter orange marinade, olive oil, lemon juice, cilantro and garlic. Season with Adobo Light, to taste; set aside.

2. Unfold banana leaf. Cut off tough rib that runs along bottom edge of leaf with kitchen shears. Gently cut leaf into 4 (8-inch) pieces, being careful not to split them.

3. Place tilapia fillet in center of banana leaf; season with Adobo Light, to taste. Stir reserved bitter orange mixture to combine; spoon 2 tbsp. mixture over fish. Top fish with ¼ cup each peppers and onions. Fold two ends over fish to enclose; fold in two edges to form packet. Using kitchen twine, tie packet to secure; transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients to form 4 packets.

4. Bake until fish is opaque and flakes easily with fork, 20 minutes; transfer to plates. Cut ties and discard. Open packets (banana leaves are not edible). Serve immediately.
Tip By La Cocina Goya

Make this Fish Dinner Ahead of Time

This Tilapia in Banana Leaf recipe makes a great “company’s-coming” main course. The reason: The packets of fish and vegetables can be assembled ahead of time! To do, prepare the Tilapia in Banana leaf recipe through step 3. Then, transfer pre-made packets to the refrigerator up to four hours ahead of time. Then, bake and serve as instructed.

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