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Baked Salmon Fillet

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Baked salmon fillet doesn’t get much better than this.

Cooked in a banana leaf, you are going to love the subtle flavour that leaf gives to this baked salmon fillet recipe.

baked salmon fillet


So I was cooking lobster tonight for my wife and me when my ten year old daughter, Jennifer said she wanted some too. I was prepared for that as I knew how much she loves lobster but it just wasn’t going to happen. Due to the weather we were only able to get two lobsters and they were for Caroline and me. End of!

Luckily I purchased a large fillet of salmon which I knew would make Jennifer almost as happy. It is her fish of choice after all.

Having recently purchase a large roll of banana leaves, I decided to bake her fillet wrapped in the leaves. Sometimes I wish she liked fish fingers like my other kids. Still I’m happy she likes the better things in life too.

My baked salmon was a success. She loved it! If you like salmon and easy cooking, this might be the one for you.

If you can’t find the banana leaves, just use foil. It’s not as good but close enough. By the way, she still managed to steal a good portion of my lobster when I wasn’t looking.

If you enjoy this recipe try my other salmon recipes:

Baked Thai Salmon
Salmon Dosa
Salmon Curry with Broccoli
Salmon with cashew & corriander sauce
Tandoori Salmon Tikka with soy sauce and garlic
Spicy Salmon Fillet baked in Banana Leaf
Salmon with a creamy saffron sauce

Salmon cooked in a banana leaf

The salmon, lightly spiced and almost ready for the oven

Salmon wrapped in a banana leaf for baking

Salmon parcel all wrapped up and ready to go.


Yield: 4

Baked Salmon Fillet

baked salmon fillet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 banana leaves, soaked in water for about 20 minutes
  • 4 x 250g (9oz) salmon fillets
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp good quality or homemade garam masala
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), to serve


  1. Preheat your oven to 200oC/400oF/Gas 6.
  2. Place the banana leaves on a work surface with the light side facing upward. Lay a salmon fillet on each leaf and rub the chopped garlic equally into each piece.
  3. Mix the garam masala, black pepper and chilli powder, then sprinkle it equally over the salmon fillets.
  4. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon over the fillets. Cut the other lemon half into thin slices and place the slices on top of the fillets. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Wrap the salmon with the banana leaves to form parcels (as pictured). Now place the salmon parcels on a baking tray, with the seams tucked underneath to secure them closed, and bake for about 15 minutes. This should leave the centre of the salmon medium rare, but ovens do vary so you may need to experiment.
  6. When the salmon is cooked, serve each parcel at the table with a bowl of chopped coriander (cilantro) to sprinkle over the top of the fish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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Teena Agnel

Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Hello Dan,

Great recipes...To be honest I haven't met any Indian who is so passionate about Indian cooking:). Cooking fish in banana leaf is a very traditional south Indian(kerala) style and I was totally taken by surprise to see that here. It reminds me of my days in kerala.


Dan Toombs

Tuesday 1st of July 2014

Thanks for that. Hope you like the recipe. Dan

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