Banana leaf bream

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In this recipe from from Hoppers' Karan Gokani, a whole sea bream is smothered in an intense spice paste and wrapped in a banana leaf to cook; this allows all the flavours to cook inside the parcel with the fish, while the banana leaf adds a unique, grassy flavour. This is such a fun way to cook fish - make sure to open the parcel at the table!  

First published in 2022





  • Blender



Heat the rapeseed oil and fry the onion until light golden brown

  • 3 tbsp of rapeseed oil
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced

Combine the remaining ingredients in a blender, apart from the fish, banana leaf and coconut oil, and blend to a thick paste


Coat the fish in this paste and wrap well in the banana leaf


Cook the fish on a pan with the coconut oil for about 6 minutes on each side (or 2 minutes on each side if using fillets), over a medium heat

After giving up his job as a lawyer to pursue a career in food, Karan Gokani channelled his passion for South Indian cuisine into the launch of the now hugely popular Hoppers. As creative director, he oversees menu development at all three Hoppers sites.

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