Fish ("Haka" Tongan for "Boil"

Fish (haka Tongan For Boil

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Amy Alusa


The word Haka always makes me smile. It means "boil", like boiling in a pot; but it is also the name of a cultural dance that is very well known...done alot at Rugby and Football games involving Tongans. The dance looks very much like the men are boiling mad and determined to say the least! It is traditionally a war dance. This is one of my very favorite ways to eat and prepare fish. It is absolutely delicious; a favorite of my family. Maybe yours too?!


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10 Min
15 Min


  • 6
    fish fillets (white, mild flavored is my preference) but tongans use just about any fish, and throw the whole fish in-none goes to waste!)
  • 1 can(s)
    about 15-16 oz. coconut milk; not cream
  • 1 can(s)
  • 1/2 bunch
    small green onions

How to Make Fish ("Haka" Tongan for "Boil"


  1. If your fillets are frozen, they will need to be defrosted.
  2. Put fish, water and coconut milk in a pot (about a gallon pot) and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil covered with lid askew, stirring occasionally until the fish is cooked (white, tender and a little flaky).
  3. Serve with a green salad, cooked greens, steamed rice, and coconut bread with fresh fruit for dessert!

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Course/Dish: Fish

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