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.


★★★★★ 3 votes

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

How to Make Fish Fillets in Coconut Sauce (Pescado Con Coco)


  1. 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.
  2. Saute onion, garlic, tomato, celery, chopped basil leaves, in olive oil for one minute.
  3. Next add coconut milk, pinapple juice, and tomato paste simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. You can find my recipe for fluffy white rice posted under sides category.

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About Fish Fillets in Coconut Sauce (Pescado Con Coco)

Course/Dish: Fish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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