Fish Curry in Banana Leaves


It has been busy the last couple of days.  Had to finish projects for class and Nikita was going through blood tests at the vet. They suspect Cushing’s disease so we are a little bit worried.  She is almost twelve and sleeps too much.  I have not had a chance to cook anything special for us for lunch and dinner. We have been feasting on grilled sausage, tilapia and salad. Not that my husband minds. He loves grilled sausages.  I made some rice and beef stew for Niki as a treat so I decided to make some curry for lunch for my husband.  (Or I wouldn’t hear the end of it!)

Typically, these catfish nuggets would be cooked in a Thai red curry sauce and then served with steaming hot rice.  I had some leftover banana leaves so I marinated the nuggets in red curry sauce, wrapped them in banana leaves (like pouches) and cooked them in the grill.



  • 500 grams catfish nuggets
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbs Thai red curry paste ( I used the ready made version but if you want to make your own, here is the recipe.)
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 5 large  makrut leaves, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • fresh banana leaves cut into 4 squares
  • toothpick or skewers to hold leaves together



  1. Mix all ingredients (except banana leaves and skewers) in a bowl and marinade overnight.
  2. Prepare banana leaves by quickly heating each side in a grill or pan to soften.  You can also pour boiling water on it to soften.\
  3. Divide fish into 4 and place each portion at center of banana leaves. Fold as in a pouch and secure with toothpick or skewers.
  4. Steam/Grill on a hot grill for 20 minutes.   Serve with hot rice.
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» jenn said: { Jun 26, 2009 - 03:06 }

I love catfish and I love anything cooked in banana leaves. I think they bring a special flavor.

I’m sorry to hear about Nikita. I hope she’ll be okay.

» peachkins said: { Jun 26, 2009 - 08:06 }

These look super yummy…hay,tanghalian pa naman na…

» Tita Beng said: { Jun 27, 2009 - 01:06 }

Good you cooked something special for each of them. he he ..That fish in banana leaves looks special too.

Nikita is old na pala! I hope she’ll be well soon.

» virtual chef said: { Jul 10, 2009 - 04:07 }

jenn: there really is something about banana leaves that gives the dish a special added flavor. yeah… they did confirm cushings so now she is enjoying homecooked meals, lucky spoiled dog! :)

peachkins: i know…it really is good with steamed rice….sarap magkamay..LOL

Tita be: well, they confirmed cushings but she’s not exhibiting clinical signs yet.. she is an old lady now but most people think she’s a puppy. glad i listened to her vet in Tahoe who told me to put her on a strict diet years ago so she doesn’t get fat. she is a very slim, sexy dog ….although blind…:)

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