Fish with Bananas

This recipe for Fish with Bananas is a deliciously unexpected surprise. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner and pairs wonderfully with Chardonnay.

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I know what you’re thinking. WTH kind of combination is fish and bananas? Guys, trust me here. Do you really think I’d steer you wrong with a recipe? Let me tell you a little something about Fish with Bananas. This was THE recipe (okay, maybe one of many) that I absolutely REFUSED to taste when I was a little kiddo. This very special dish only came out on certain occasions (I mostly remember it being my mom’s request on my parents’ anniversary) and I would politely notify my parents that I would make myself macaroni and cheese that evening. My parents didn’t care too much, because that meant more for them. Once I “grew up” (as did my palate) and I finally caved in and tried the dish, I was kicking myself for having missed out on it for all those years.

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So, enough of the back story, let me tell you a little bit about Fish with Bananas. Because I feel a good description is what’s really going to win you over. Once you hear what goes into this you are going to be running to the store to get all of the ingredients and make it as fast as you can (or for your next special occasion…It is a bit rich so we don’t need this to be on a weekly rotation in our household, especially if we’re on a pre-wedding diet! [Points to self.])

Alright, we’re going to get our layering on! This super special, mouthwatering, utterly delicious dish starts with a bed of nicely sautéed mushrooms (sautéed in fresh tarragon of course, because there’s no other herb in the world that pairs better with mushrooms than tarragon) in a handy-dandy au gratin dish (I know, I didn’t have any either, but I’ve done the work and found them for you!)

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After we have our nice, comfy bed of mushrooms, we drizzle on some of our shallot-and-tarragon based cream sauce (you can thank me later for introducing you to this foodgasm-inducing flavor combo.)

Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking

Then we gently layer on our (very lightly) seared fish (sea bass, halibut, black cod…the possibilities are endless) before drizzling on more of the above-mentioned foodgasm-inducing sauce.

Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking

Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking

Our final layer before the oven is a lightly caramelized banana split in half lengthwise, gracing either side of our filet o’ fish. You still with me? The hard part is over.

Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking

We simply pop our au gratin dishes into the oven and let them cook and simmer and become even more delicious until our creamy sauce is bubbly and golden. We pull the dishes out and devour them as soon as they are just cool enough to eat without burning the roofs of our mouth off. Fish with Bananas is best enjoyed as quickly as possible, so don’t let these sit around and get cold.

Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking

So what do you say? Have I convinced you yet? Are you ready to be adventurous and stop missing out on this amazing combo?

If you make this, please be sure to let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope you enjoy Fish with Bananas as much as I do!

Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking

5 from 1 vote
Fish with Bananas | CaliGirl Cooking
Fish with Bananas
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
1 hr 3 mins
The delicious, unexpected combination of fish and bananas make this the perfect "special occasion" dish.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: dinner, fish, French, romantic, seafood
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 1086 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the mushrooms:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/8 cup fresh tarragon minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter separated
  • 2 large or 3 small shallots, diced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 8 ounces whipping cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 cup fresh tarragon minced
For the fish:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces halibut or other firm white fish such as sea bass or black cod, cut into 2 pieces
  • Salt & pepper
For the bananas:
  • 2 bananas each split in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon butter
To make the mushrooms:
  1. Heat butter in a medium sauté pan until melted. Add mushrooms at medium-high heat. Add tarragon. Stir to coat and sauté until the majority of the liquid has been cooked out of the mushrooms. Add salt & pepper as needed. Remove from heat and divide mushrooms amongst the two au gratin dishes.
To make the sauce:
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Once butter is melted, add shallots. Saute slightly until they are fragrant and start to become translucent, about 3 minutes. Add white wine. Turn heat to low and simmer.
  2. In a separate, small saucepan, heat egg yolks, stirring constantly until they become thick. Once thickened, add 1 tablespoon butter and orange juice. Stir to combine, then add to white wine-shallot mixture. Add whipping cream and tarragon and stir to combine.
  3. Remove sauce from heat and put in a blender. Blend until combined and whipping cream becomes frothy. Pour back into saucepan and simmer on low heat.
  4. Once rewarmed, drizzle half of the sauce over the mushrooms in the two au gratin dishes.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
To make the fish:
  1. Season the two pieces of fish with salt & pepper.
  2. Warm olive oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add seasoned fish and sear lightly (about 2 minutes each side.)
  3. Place one piece of fish over the mushrooms and sauce on each of the au gratin dishes.
  4. Drizzle each piece of fish with the remaining sauce.
To make the bananas:
  1. Heat butter in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted and pan is hot, add slices of banana. Caramelize until lightly golden (about 1-2 minutes each side.) Remove bananas from pan and place slices on top of the sauced fish in the au gratin dishes.
  2. Place au gratin dishes in preheated 425-degree oven. Bake for about 18 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and golden. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating.
Recipe Notes

Wine Pairing Suggestion: This dish is begging for an oaked Chardonnay, which will pair perfectly with the white fish and cream sauce. Bonus if you can find an oaked Chardonnay with a hit of acidity, as it will help cut through the richness. I highly recommend the Alpha Omega Chardonnay.

Nutrition Facts
Fish with Bananas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1086 Calories from Fat 720
% Daily Value*
Fat 80g123%
Saturated Fat 44g275%
Cholesterol 494mg165%
Sodium 385mg17%
Potassium 2094mg60%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 3083IU62%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 222mg22%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Come here you golden dish of deliciousness…

10 thoughts on “Fish with Bananas

  1. Well, I haven’t tried your fish and banana recipe. Yet. But thought I’d get in touch anyway.

    Now, I didn’t encounter your post by accident. My wife & I had just enjoyed my latest fish experiment (butterfish with a thyme, lemon & lime sauce, cooked “en papillote”) and, returning satisfied to the kitchen I spotted a couple of bananas. “Hmmm,” I thought, “fish and bananas – I wonder what I can find.” Your recipe was the answer. “Ooh I lke this,” I thought, “this is someone who knows that tarragon and mushrooms are a match made in heaven – especially if you add cream!” (I have to confess here that a favourite dish of mine is Boeuf Stroganov – and when I make it I add tarragon ‘cos it’s so damned good!) And even though my preferred white wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand I will happily take your advice and seek out a good oaked Chardonnay for this dish.

    Oh, one final confession. When I saw your site address I misread it. “Call girl cooking? Is this a lady diversifying her career options?!” Humble apologies! And in honour of your home state I’ll seek out a Californian oaked chardonnay!

    1. Hi Laury – Thanks so much for your comment! I hope you enjoy the recipe when you get around to making it! <3

  2. Oh boy.

    And, indeed, oh girl, cali girl.

    Thank you so much for this! I have to confess that, though I had already decided that bananas + fish might work, bananas+ fish + mushrooms? Hmm. But you’d tried it and liked it so how could I reject it without at least trying it?

    So I did. Today. OH YES!!

    Couldn’t find the Chardonnay you mentioned (no Californian white wines in my local supermarket yesterday) so I had an Australian one instead. And no eggs either (early buyers had bought them all – thanksto the coronavirus!). I had a butterfish which i cooked on the bone ‘en papillote’ (actually in a plastic cook-in bag but next time I’ll switch to more eco-friendly paper or foil).

    Well, I’m sure you guessed by now that I will definitely cook this again, doubtless more than once – and I recommend any visitors to Caligirlcooking to try it too!

    1. Hi Laury – Thanks so much for your rave review!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. If you wouldn’t mind leaving a star rating on the recipe card itself, it would help me immensely. Thank you again!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Robin,
    5 stars added – easy decision!
    Now I’m going to “tweak” it and pass it on to my Slimming World group – of course I’ll credit you as the source and post a link.
    No doubt I’ll be checking out your site for other dishes that appeal!
    All the best

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