Coconut Fish

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Coconut Fish: An Exciting Trini Creation

Cooking inspiration comes in varied ways to me and this coconut fish recipe was no different.  I’m always on the lookout for different approaches to cooking fish. Since there are already a few main techniques we use here in Trinidad and Tobago, this one for me is a little creative approach to using coconut in a fish recipe.  Normally, coconut milk is used in stewing meats on the island, but what about steaming?

How can we incorporate coconut milk in steaming? Easy, borrow a few ideas from Oil Down, since that is a way we steam fish in coconut milk, then put a few creative twists and experiment with a new herb or in my case leaf and you would have an excellent recipe.  In my case I opted to use bay leaf as my new twist. The bay leaf imparted an exotic taste to the dish that really kicked the other flavours up a notch.

I would be bold to say that this coconut fish recipe is a Simply Trini Cooking original and I encourage you to share this recipe. That’s what’s the blog has been about since the beginning. So, I have a challenge for you… Why not make this simple coconut fish recipe with your favourite rice dish and invite some friends over for lunch. I’m sure it would be a conversation piece. Let’s cook.

Coconut Fish Recipe

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1/2 cup coconut milk
2 lbs fish
3 tbsp green seasoning
1 lg sweet pepper (yellow, red, or green or a combination)
half of a small onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil



Season fish with green seasoning and let marinate for 25 – 30 minutes


Chop the sweet pepper into chunks and slice the onion lengthways.

Heat the oil and saute the garlic for about 1 minute


Add the fish and cook for 2 minutes

Add the coconut milk…


Then the sweet peppers and onion


 Finally add the bay leaf and salt to taste. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve with your favourite rice dish.

That’s it for another fantastic trini cooking post. If you liked my coconut fish recipe why not share it with your friends. Laterz :)

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  1. Ayana says

    I tried this last night and it was great! The fish was so tender and succulent! :) I did not have Bay leaf but I will definitely try again when I get some and taste the difference. Thanks much

  2. nikki says

    i cooked this last week with some whole grain rice and wow i am so happy i did. i used tilapia fillets and it taste amazing! now i am going to try it but with chicken breast instead of fish. great recipe, lovely flavors.

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