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  • 2 small Thai peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed, minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 6 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, unpeeled, coarsely grated
  • 4 (11-inch-square) banana leaves (or parchment paper)
  • 4 (6-ounce) cod fillets

Baked Cod in Lemongrass-Coconut Sauce

Lisa Turner | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 4 people

Cod's mild taste is the perfect template for bold flavors. Look for frozen banana leaves in Asian markets; thaw and wash before using (or simply use parchment paper). If you can't find coconut cream, buy a can of coconut milk, open without shaking, and scoop cream from the top. Serving tip: Soak up the delicious sauce with jasmine rice.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, combine Thai peppers, lemongrass, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, coconut cream, maple syrup, and white pepper. Squeeze grated ginger into the bowl to extract juice; discard ginger solids.
  2. Place banana leaves or parchment papers on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Spoon a little of the lemongrass sauce in the center of each leaf or sheet of paper. Place fish on top, then spoon remaining sauce over fish. Fold top and bottom sides over fish, overlapping; fold in remaining sides, forming a square packet around each fillet. Using a strip of foil, crimp top two edges together to keep each packet from unfolding. Slip a thin strip of banana leaf (or a piece of kitchen string) under and around each packet and tie in a bow or square knot.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes, depending on thickness. Remove from oven. Transfer packets to serving plates and carefully remove foil seals, leaving string intact (as decoration). Serve hot.

PER SERVING: 222 cal, 25% fat cal, 6g fat, 5g sat fat, 63mg chol, 32g protein, 10g carb, 1g fiber, 566mg sodium

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