Tilapia in Banana Leaf
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.
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.