Roasted Salmon in Banana Leaves with Ancho Chile-Ginger Sauce with Saffron Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

4 servings

  • Ancho Chile-Ginger Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 1 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Salmon:
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 banana leaf, cut into 4 rectangles
  • Diced red pepper
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Roasted Vegetable Couscous:
  • 2 red peppers, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1/4 pound haricots verts, cut on the bias into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • Pinch saffron
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley
Ancho Chile-Ginger Sauce:
  • Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rub each fillet with olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper, and wrap envelope style in a banana leaf rectangle. Place seam-side down on a sheet pan and roast 8 to 10 minutes. When done, the fish will look a bit undercooked on top but will be firm and opaque. Place the packets seam-side up on a platter and fold back the sides of the banana leaf.

Roasted Vegetable Couscous:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the vegetables in a medium baking dish, toss with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes until vegetables are just cooked through. Bring vegetable stock, saffron and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, let boil for 5 minutes, until saffron blooms and colors the stock. Add the couscous, stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until all liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Place couscous in a large bowl, add the roasted vegetables and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with salmon and ancho chile-ginger sauce. Garnish with diced red pepper and cilantro.

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