Lemon Sea Bass Baked in Banana Leaf

Tonight I decided to treat myself to a pre-mother’s day dinner. I had some banana leaves in the freezer and had a serious craving for some fish. So I took a walk to our local fish market and bought some sea bass fillets. I just love a good sea bass. It’s a tasty white fish. I actually didn’t know much about the fish until a few months ago when I purchased it out of curiosity. Once I had my first taste I was hooked. Now Sea Bass makes a regular appearance in my home. See, curiosity dies pay off sometimes.

I marinaded my sea bass and placed it in the banana leaf. I topped it with some leeks, shallots, lemon zest and some lemon slices. Once everything was neatly tucked into my package I almost cried {ok, not really}. It was such a beautiful package.
I preheated my oven to 450 degrees and placed my beautiful packages into the oven for 40 minutes. While they were cooking, the aroma filled the house. My husband and I started to hear our stomachs grumbling as we took a whiff of the packages.

Lemon Sea Bass Baked in Banana Leaf

When they were done, I paired them with some awesome fried rice and dinner was served. This recipe would be a great option for a romantic dinner or dinner party. They are just beautiful to look at. Can you imagine walking into a wedding reception and seeing these packages on every plate? Beautiful!
2 Bass Fillets
Lemon Zest {1 large lemon}
4 slices of lemon
1/2 cup of shallots, sliced
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups of leeks, chopped
2 sheets of banana leaves
Kosher Salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Place marinated fish onto the center of the banana leaf. Add 1 cup of leeks, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of shallots, 2 slices of of lemon and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Salt to taste. Close up banana leaf and tie with cooking twine. Repeat till all fish are neatly packaged.
Place in a baking dish and place dish in the oven. Set timer to 40 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve!

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