Fish Fillets in Coconut Sauce (Pescado Con Coco)

Juliann Esquivel


This was given to me by my good friend Xumelia, She is from Bahia Brasil. She is an incredible cook and exchange recipes. We stay in touch on the internet. We are both into international cooking. This fish recipe is typical of Bahia cusine. My son loves this dish. I will be making it for his birthday this weekend along with a great coconut cake recipe from a fellow member Gay Farrar, of Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Thanks again Gay.

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30 Min


20 Min


4 large
fresh snapper fillets or good white fleshed fish fillets such as flounder, grouper, or freshwater bass.
1 large
lime (juice of one lime) no lime use lemon
1 medium
sweet vidalia onion finely chopped
4 clove
fresh garlic smashed or put through a garlic press
1 large
red ripe tomato blanched, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 medium
celery stalk, finely chopped
1/2 c
pinapple juice
1 tsp
(scant teaspoon) tomato paste
1 can(s)
unsweetened coconut milk (goya brand)
1 Tbsp
olive oil
6 large
leaves fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp
dried oregano
2 sprig(s)
fesh parsley
4 Tbsp
real butter
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
1 c
flour for coating fish

Directions Step-By-Step

Wash the fish fillets and pat dry. sprinkle lime juice over the fillets and season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
Saute onion, garlic, tomato, celery, chopped basil leaves, in olive oil for one minute.
Next add coconut milk, pinapple juice, and tomato paste simmer for 10 minutes.
Take fish fillets and dust in flour both sides In a seperate pan heat 1 tblsp olive oil and butter brown the fish fillets until golden on both sides.
Next pour the sauce over the fish. Drop two more pats of butter in the sauce and simmer for 5 more minutes do not stir. Sprinkle with some fresh parsley and serve with fluffy white rice. Pass the chilled white wine. Enjoy, Bom Proveito, Buen Provecho
You can find my recipe for fluffy white rice posted under sides category.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy