Banana-leaf wrapped salmon with cabbage slaw

paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

2 Servings, 570 Calories/Serving

35 Minutes

The banana leaves in this recipe are as utilitarian as they are exotic. The leaves help keep the fish from drying out as it cooks while lending their own earthy flavor to the salmon.


  • 8 ounces napa cabbage
  • 4 ounces Persian cucumbers
  • 3 to 4 red radishes
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 4 banana leaves
  • 2 wild Alaskan salmon filets
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce dressing (fish sauce-maple syrup-rice wine vinegar)



Prep the vegetables; roast the cashews

Heat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Rinse the cabbage, pat dry and cut into thin slices.
  • Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and then into ¼-inch-thick pieces.
  • Rinse the radishes, cut in half and thinly slice.
  • Peel the ginger and finely chop or grate.
  • Finely chop the cilantro, including the stems.
  • Juice the limes.
  • Tear the kaffir lime leaves into pieces.
On a sheet pan, spread the cashews and roast in the oven until lightly toasted, 5 to 7 minutes.


Prep and cook the salmon

Layer two banana leaves on top of each other for each fillet of fish. Scatter the chopped ginger and kaffir lime leaves evenly between two sets of leaves. Top with the salmon fillets and drizzle with oil. Wrap each fillet by folding the short ends of the banana leaves into each other. Then fold in the bottom edge and flip over the other end to seal. Place in a baking pan, seam side down. Add ¼ cup water to the pan and roast in the oven until the salmon is flaky and opaque, 18 to 20 minutes. While the salmon cooks, make the salad.


Make the dressing and the slaw

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lime juice with the fish sauce dressing and remaining ginger.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, cucumbers, radish, cilantro and toasted cashews. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons oil, half of the dressing and toss until well combined.



Transfer the banana leaf-wrapped salmon to individual plates. Carefully unwrap, taking care not to lose the liquid collected in the leaves. Serve the salmon in the leaves with the slaw on the side.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 570, Protein: 42 g, Total Fat: 33 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Cholesterol: 80 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 5 g, Added Sugar: 6 g, Sodium: 830 mg

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