This Fiji Traditional Food Find is quite unique and so delicious. If you are a fan ceviche you have to try this creamy Fijian Coconut Milk Ceviche.
This month the Eat the World Challenge is heading to paradise, the Fiji islands. Gosh, I really hope I can make it there one day. Being an island, seafood and fish is an obvious guess as to what Fijian recipes must look like. And that is what we are doing today, but with a recipe, we usually identify more with Peru (no connection). Kokoba is one of the best ceviche recipes I have tried. It’s a perfect Fiji Traditional Food to try.
Also, if you think Poke bowls are so yesterday, this may be your next obsession.
Similar to most fish ceviche recipe, this Fiji food recipe asks very little: some cubed raw fish into, citrus marinating liquid to cook the raw fish dish, and a handful of other chopped vegetables like onions, cucumbers or tomatoes.
What could be more perfect for the Fiji natives? It’s simple to make and all you need is a knife and a bowl. And a coconut. That is the kokoda way.
Fiji Traditional Food: what is the best fish for ceviche?
Every country has its favorite raw fish recipe and the fish to go with it. Mahi Mahi is an abundant fish in Fiji, and it’s a great fish for any ceviche, particularly the best recipe for ceviche in the plethora of Fiji cuisine.
The Mahi Mahi ‘s firm pale flesh is made for ceviche as it holds its structure throughout the curing process. But it is an expensive fish and not available everywhere, so here a few substitutes you can use below.
A white firm-fleshed seawater fish is what you need. Good choices include grouper, bass, sole, or flounder. None of those hit my radar at the grocery store so I went with salmon. I have made ceviche with salmon before and it was a success.
What you do want to avoid are oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel, tuna or jack. And freshwater fished can have a muddy flavor.
A fair warning, although the fish is cooked in citrus, it has not been heated, therefore one cannot guarantee your fish is free from any harmful parasites. Just make sure to aim for a very fresh fish with no strong smell.
Fiji fish in coconut milk, say what?
A couple of notes on the recipe…
- Please ensure that you uniformly cube the fish in pieces of about half an inch big. It’s very important to keep the size even as to ensure the fish “cooks” evenly.
- I added salt and pepper and the end to add a bit more flavor. The article I based my recipe from suggested a fish sauce which I think is a great idea. But it makes it less authentic.
- And the bizarre coconut fish recipe. Ceviche with milk, coconut milk, but still. Not a combination that comes naturally. But there is actually a very pleasant balance between the acidity of the citrus fruits and the richness of the coconut milk.
If you think the balance is off due to too much coconut milk, just keep a few lime wedges around when serving to your guest. This way they can zest up the ceviche to their liking.
Besides lying on the beach with no plans for the day but to rest, enjoying a bowl of five of Kokoba is one of the best things to do in Fiji.
Kokoda: Fijian Coconut Milk Ceviche
- 1 lb fresh Mahi Mahi fillet cubed (or see substitutes in the article)
- 4 limes juiced
- 2 lemons juiced
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 medium red onion finely diced
- 1 medium sized green bell peppers finely diced
- 1 Persian cucumbers finely diced
- 1 to 3 long red chilis finely diced
- 2 tablespoons parsley finely diced
- 2 Roma tomatoes finely diced
- Place your cubed fish in a mixing bowl, cover with the citrus juices, making sure the fish is completely submergerd. Cover annd refrigerate for at least 3 hours. It is ready once the fish is opaque.
- Drain the citrus liquid and pour the coconut milk over the fish.
- Add all your chopped vegetables, peppers, and parsley, then stir well.
- Serve your kokoda ceviche cold in small bowls.
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With Fiji near New Zealand this is almost a common dish here. Love it, the coconut and lime with the raw fish is such a pleasure in the palate.
I never had a coconut milk ceviche, so cool you have easy access!
I love that platter. What a beautiful meal! Fiji is on everyone’s bucket list!!!!!
What a neat dish — love seafood and coconut milk. Or coconut anything, really. Haven’t had Fiji fare before, so I’m excited to try this. Thanks!
Thank you John. I am also a big fan of shrimp and coconut. I think you really should give this one a try you will love it.
Great minds Evelyne. There are so many different variations available for this dish. Yours sounds lovely.
Yes I saw we picked the same dish, off to check it out
Seafood and coconut are my absolute favourites and you have combined them in one….a perfectly delicious treat for me! Love your cute fish plate too.
Love the dish too but does always work with the theme, this time a perfect match
I never thought about adding coconut milk to ceviche, that sounds awesome!
Neither have I, so glad I found it.
That looks fantastically creamy – an interesting and delicious variation on regular ceviche. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration. (Good luck on this next stage of your life – the world is yours!)
Thank you Margaret for your best wishes. I hope you try the ceviche, it is so delicious
This looks so fresh and delicious! We usually make ceviche with halibut and it is pricy too, but so very worth it. I don’t blink when buying better fish- it’s only a few dollar more really.
You are right we are entitled to a treat. But this is what my grocery had as far as fresh fish lol