Steamed fish in Costa Rica

My Favorite Dish in Costa Rica: Steamed Sea Bass

I’m a picky eater and don’t like beans, so when I went to Costa Rica last fall, I was worried that I’d be stuck eating beans and rice all the time. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised.

Before heading off to Peace Retreat in Playa Negra, I went to Tamarindo for a few nights and stayed at Hotel Jardin del Eden. One evening it was extremely rainy, so I decided to make things easy and grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s open-air restaurant. I was skeptical, but it turned out to be my favorite meal during my stay in the country:

Steamed fish in Costa Rica

It is a filet of sea bass steamed in a banana leaf on a bed of basil pesto, topped with grilled veggies. It also gave it a tropical feel! Since the fish was steamed in the leaf, it stayed tender and moist. The veggies were crisp. Despite looking creamy, the pesto sauce tasted light and fresh. I loved that the dish was so colorful and artfully plated.

I’m hungry again every time I look at this! What’s your favorite Costa Rican dish?

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