Fish Cooked in Coconut Milk, Pescado con Coco

Have you tried fish cooked in coconut milk (pescado con coco)? I so love it! This is a traditional dish of the province of Samaná, Dominican Republic. This city is an important tourism destination and apart from its exquisite cuisine, it’s the main center for whale watching tours in this country.

Growing up, I always heard about this delicious dish, but never tasted it until I moved here. This is a popular dish now at home, we all love it. I cooked it last week and thought it would be a perfect recipe for me to share with you, and just in time for you to prepare a delicious dish for your mom or any other loved one.

I wanted to do a nice dessert like I always do for this time of the year, but I thought a delicious and exotic dinner will be just a nice! This is a very easy dish to prepare in less than 30 minutes! I am sure if you cook this dish you’ll make your loved one proud! You could serve pescado con coco with white rice or rice with pigeon peas and tostones.

A variety of fish could be used for this dish: spanish mackerel fish, snapper, gilthead beam, hake or grouper.

Season with oregano and garlic and set aside while you prepare the seasoning in blender and prepare the sofrito (step #3) with coconut milk.

Fish with Coconut Milk, Pescado con Coco

7 pieces of fish (3 lbs. pounds)
2 cups or 1 can coconut milk (13.5 onz.)
½ teaspoon oregano
1 onion
1 red pepper
1 green or yellow pepper
1 ½ Tablespoon of mashed garlic
1 sachet of saffron seasoning 
2 teaspoons vinegar or juice of ½ bitter orange
1 teaspoon of tomato sauce
½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
2 Tablespoons oil for sofrito

1.Clean the fish and marinate with oregano and half of the garlic. Set aside.
2. Process in a blender, the onion, half of each color of peppers (I used a bit more of the red pepper) sachet of Saffron and bitter orange juice. If necessary you can put 2 tablespoons of chicken broth or water to liquefy and process well; reserve.
3. In a hot skillet with 2 tablespoons oil, stir-fry the process season and tomato sauce for 2-3 minutes. Then add the 2 cups of coconut milk and remaining garlic. Leave over moderate heat until it starts to boil.
4. Add the fish and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
5. Sprinkles with cut peppers on top of the fish, season with pepper and salt to taste. Lower the heat and cover for 3-5 minutes and ready! Serve with white rice or rice with pigeon peas and tostones.

Being successful doesn’t make you great. What makes you great is when you reach back and help somebody else become great. ~ J.O

18 Friends Have Comment:

  1. Oh Mari - I must try this - never have had anything like it. And love the touch of tomato sauce to give it a tiny bit of tang.

  2. Claudia, it is delicious, I am sure you'll like it. Have a wonderful weekend :)

  3. hai our country, this dish is cooked fatty fish or ikan masak lemak(Malay language) but slightly different ingredients. we use the chili, onion, ginger, garlic, turmeric, tamarind and some salt.

  4. Welcome Ctnaetmah :) I like that ikan lemak has ginger and tamarind, it must me very tasting.

  5. Mmmm, looks like something they call muqueca in Brazil. I love this dish! First meal I made for my now husband:)

  6. Mari, I'm loving the ease and flavors of this dish. All my boys enjoy fish so I'll certainly be adding this to my list of must tries. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend!

  7. Mari-your fish dish with the fabulous coconut milk sauce is so beautiful, colorful, and delicious...I'm loving this recipe!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  8. Hi Mari-Love that quote about success. Your fish looks amazing. The coconut sauce is so flavorful. Hope you had a nice weekend:)xx

  9. HI Elizabeth and Lora :) Thanks for stopping by, I am glad you like this recipe. I hope you Mother's Day was wonderful. Hugs

  10. this looks fabulous mari! i never thought about using coconut milk with fish. what a great alternative to cream. :) hope you are having a splendid week.

    1. Thanks Junia! The coconut milk makes a delicious sauce. A great weekend to you too!


  11. I never had fish with coconut milk but I am imagining how delicious it is! I love coconut milk! It's so rich and creamy. I would love to try it with fish.

  12. Se ve delicioso. Este es uno de mis platos favoritos.

    1. Gracias Clara, también es uno de mis favoritos por la facilidad de prepararlo y lo rico que es. Saludos

  13. Replies
    1. Hi Silvia, for this recipe I used Carite, in English it is called mackerel fish.

      Enjoy :)


    1. Luis, I am sorry it did not turn out for you. This sauce should not taste like sofrito if the correct amount of season (onion, saffron or bija, oregano, garlic and pepper) per fish is used. The coconut milk adds mildness and creaminess, therefore, it is a delicious sauce, not overpowering. Did you let it cook the 2-3 minutes with vinegar or orange juice to cook properly and to allow vinegar to evaporate?

      Thanks for sharing your feedback.



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