Palauan Style Broiled Fish is unique. A traditional favorite in this little country in the Pacific Islands, it features ginger, lime leaves, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil as flavorings – outstandingly delicious!
Palauan Style Broiled Fish Recipe-
- 4 lb. (or larger) whole red snapper scaled and gutted, heads and tails left on (you can also use grouper, or other similar large, firm-fleshed fish)
- 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
- 1″ length of fresh ginger root, peeled and cut crosswise into thin round slices
- 4 tbsp. dark, mushroom flavored soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. of sesame oil
- several fresh Kaffir lime leaves
- 1 large banana leaf
- fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Preheat your grille to high temperature.
- Drizzle some soy sauce and sesame oil into the gutted fish’s cavity, and spread it around evenly.
- Use a sharp knife to score the fish across the width in several places, spaced evenly apart along the length. Make the cuts about 1/2″ deep.
- Into each score line, insert slices of garlic, ginger, and a Kaffir lime leaves.
- Drizzle sesame oil and soy sauce on the fish, and rub it all over evenly. Also drizzle some on one side of the banana leaf and spread it evenly.
- Place the fish into the center of the (oiled side up) banana leaf, then fold up the outsides to package and encase the entire fish. You can either use kitchen twine to tie the package closed, or you can wrap it up in a loose, closed blanket of tinfoil.
- Put the wrapped fish on the grill, and cook for about 15 minutes, turning it over once halfway through the grilling time. You want the flesh to have turned white and be nice and flaky – but not cooked so long that it becomes dry.
- Serve your Palauan Style Broiled Fish while nice and hot, with a garnish of fresh cilantro sprigs.
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