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Tropical Spiced Fish in Banana Leaves

By Chef Adriana Urbina

The smoke of charred banana leaves intermingles with a bright, spicy, and subtly sweet passion fruit marinade to give this dish a truly enchanting flavor.

The smoke of charred banana leaves intermingles with a bright, spicy, and subtly sweet passion fruit marinade to give this dish a truly enchanting flavor.

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A smoky taste of the sea

“Check online or at a local Latin market to find banana leaves. If you can’t, corn husks or parchment paper will work, but you’ll lose some flavor. The passion fruit is essential though. It has this elusive, musky, almost bitter aftertaste that is the backbone of the marinade.”

-Adriana Urbina

Spices in this Recipe Card

Coriander

Native to: Western Asia and Southern Europe
Plant family: Apiaceae
Raw form: Seed

A citrusy crispness with slight notes of lemon and a pungent aftertaste, Coriander is bright and fresh and adds a vibrant aromatic quality to dishes.

Cilantro and coriander are different parts of the same plant, Coriandrum sativum. This happy marriage has delighted palates for centuries—there are ancient Sanskrit and biblical references to both!

Native to: Western Asia and Southern Europe
Plant family: Apiaceae
Raw form: Seed
Chef and entrepreneur
Based in NYC

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Adriana Urbina

Adriana Urbina is a Venezuelan chef, entrepreneur and women’s advocate who believes cooking is a form of self-expression that elevates the human spirit and brings people together. She is the founder of Tepuy, a global series of pop-up dinners and virtual events. A three-time winner of Chopped, Adriana was previously Executive Chef at the James Beard-award winning NYC eatery De Maria.

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner – which one is best?
A

I’ve always looked forward to waking up because I absolutely love breakfast!!! When I was a kid we used to have a big delicious breakfast all together and it was the best time of the day.

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What’s your favorite off-the-beaten-path spice you wish more people knew about?
A

Juniper. I think it gives a very special ​piney ​flavor​ with hints of citrus. If you've had gin before, you'll recognize the distinct ​taste​ of ​juniper.

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You’re in charge of snacks for the road trip. What are you packing?
A

Quality prosciutto, bread, a good selection of funky cheeses, lots of different fruits and vegetables, chips and guacamole, and roasted nuts.


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Grand Latin American

Tour the tastes of Latin America with these modernized regional favorites. There’s a dish for any occasion, with fantastic flavors from both sides of the Atlantic.

By Chef Adriana Urbina
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