Red Snapper over Quinoa and Banana Black Bean Spread

We've been on a seafood kick lately & wanted to try a snapper recipe. We stumbled upon this recipe & laughed at the strange combination of black bean and banana. While these are two of our favorite foods, the thought of putting them together seemed odd. We decided to give it a try anyways, since we couldn't find many snapper recipes. It turned out so tasty! The black bean puree is especially delicious. The banana adds a bit of sweetness and Caribbean taste that pairs very nicely with the fish. The original came from cooking light, we just had a few additions, including the quinoa. You'll likely have some leftover black bean puree & I'd definitely suggest trying it as a dip with chips or veggies. The recipe below serves about 4.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced banana (about 1 banana)
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded carrot (about 1 carrot)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 red chile, minced
  • 4 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets, skinned
  • Cilantro, to garnish


  1. To prepare puree, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add banana; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in beans, 1/4 cup broth, juice, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Place banana mixture and remaining 1/4 cup broth in a food processor; process until smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare quinoa according to directions. Set aside once done.
  4. To prepare snapper, combine carrot, milk, chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, jalapeño, and chile in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer.
  5. Add fish to pan; cover and simmer 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
  6. Divide quinoa among plates. Spoon a portion of the black bean puree on top of each, then add the fish & garnish with cilantro (if desired).


Steph said...

That looks delicious. I would love to try that dish. It has my favourite foods all in one plus quinoa, something I've never tried before

Nina said...

Exquisite! The entire food presentations!

Erica said...

hmmm black bean and banana- totally unique! I bet this would be good with some pineapple too! Beautiful presentation

Kerstin said...

I love the banana in the black bean spread! What a great idea.

Dewi said...

I never tried this type of cooking before. It sounds so unique. You are very creative for sure.

Anonymous said...

This is the first time visiting your website, and gosh, all your foods look amazing! I wonder if i can hire you as "chef" for my treat day diet????

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try this ingredient mix without recommendation. Now I have that I'm game. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a wonderful weekend.

Admin said...

Black beans and bananas (plantains) often show up on the same plate in Cuban and Caribbean cuisines, but to puree both ingredients together is quite uncommon. I can see how that would work, though. You got great flavors and textures going on in this dish. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I'm drooling. Seriously, I just can't keep my tongue in. It looks and sounds SO good. banana and black beans? Why not? It sounds like the perfect combo to me, so much that I'm hitting myself over the head for not thinking about that first! amazing!

Unknown said...

Black bean and banana? That does sound funny, now I want to try it! :)

Sara said...

I love snapper, I cook with it all the time. The banana and black bean combo sounds interesting, I can see how the flavors would work well together.

Karine said...

Banana and black beans together? I would never have thought of that.. but it looks great in your recipe!

grace said...

wow. as a worshipper of black beans and pretty much anything containing them, i have to applaud you on creating such a divine and unique spread! never before has fish of any kind been so appealing to me.

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Anonymous said...

Real interesting combo. I'll have to give that a try.
Love the photo - it looks so delicious.

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a fantastic combination. I think I'll need a rum punch to go with that recipe.

Rose said...

OOoh this looks awesome! Quinoa is a perfect grain and this looks like a fantastic combination!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

What an interesting combo. I'm so curious as to what they taste like with the snapper I may just have to give this one a try.

Tyler said...

This sounds awesome!!! Definitely a flavor combo I've never tried, but I think I would love it :)

Teanna said...

I just printed this out. I am in LOVE with quinoa, black beans, and bananas and never thought to just eat them all together! WOW. Amazing.

Christo Gonzales said...

killer combo - nice job!

eatme_delicious said...

I've been wanting to try the black bean/banana combo for a while. Good to know it works!

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