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banana leaf fish
Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves - Mok Pa
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A delicious Lao fish recipe also known as Mok Pa. This steamed fish is wrapped in banana leaves and tied with bamboo. Surprise your dinner guests with this beautifully presented meal.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Lao
Servings: 1
Calories: 177 kcal
Author: Vicky Berman
  • sticky rice powder
  • 2-3 shallots peeled
  • 1 small clove garlic peeled
  • 1 red chili
  • 5 thin slices of lemongrass
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 bunch dill chopped
  • 2 stems basil chopped
  • 1 green onion cut into large segments
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 5 ounces firm white fish fillet
  • 2 banana leaf rectangles 8 inches by 10 inches
  1. In a mortar pound sticky rice powder, shallots, garlic, chili, lemongrass and salt. Pound until a paste forms.
  2. Add kaffir lime leaf, dill, basil and green onions. Continue to pound until kaffir lime leaf is broken up)
  3. Add water and fish sauce, and mix until combined.
  4. Add in fish and mix.
  5. Heat banana leaves over heat until leaves turn darker (few seconds).
  6. Place leaves in front of you, dark side down, with stems opposite each other.
  7. Add fish to the center of the banana leaf without any liquid and fold up one of the sides. Add the liquid sauce through the open end and fold that one up too. Seal the banana leaves with toothpicks or bamboo.
  8. Steam gently for 15 minutes over high heat.
  9. Serve with sticky rice (or regular rice) and steamed vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves - Mok Pa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 795mg35%
Potassium 897mg26%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 72.4mg88%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.