An elegant but vibrant dish from Rasika, this sea bass is steamed in banana leaves to help it stay moist, and sparked with a brilliant green chutney that is sour, sweet, fresh, and spicy from ginger, garlic, green chile, mint, cilantro, and grated coconut. Any leftover chutney is great as a dipping sauce or sandwich spread, and if you can’t find sea bass, you can use flounder, sole, skate, or any thin white fillet instead. The banana leaves can be found at Asian or Latin grocery stores. You’ll want to trim them into roughly 9-inch square portions, but check the exact size against your longest fish fillet. The square of leaf should be large enough to wholly enclose the fish when folded in half, with a 1-inch border to ensure the chutney doesn’t ooze out.
For more Rasika recipes, try this Crispy Fried Spinach with Tomato, Onion, Tamarind, and Yogurt recipe and this Indian Spiced Sautéed Mushrooms and Green Onions recipe.
And for more ways to serve sea bass, get our Whole Grilled Bass with Olives, Onion, and Artichoke recipe, and our Roasted Fish with Thai Pesto recipe too.
To make the fish: