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Pacific Coconut Fish Canapes

The party season has certainly started out at our beach town Muriwai, this Saturday alone there where three big parties happening which probably covered most of the residency in one night. We decided to have a joint Christmas Cheer party this year and all invite a group of friends each for our ‘Bling on Muriwai Christmas’, the idea behind the bling was to give us all the opportunity to dress up for the night, being at the beach we are more often than not in casual clothes. Everyone contributed a plate or two of canapes, one of mine being a Pacific fish or ceviche canape.

Raw fish marinated in lemon or lime and coconut is a popular dish made in the Pacific Islands, it is similar to Ceviche but has the addition of coconut milk. It is an uncooked dish, the acid from the lemon is what ‘cooks’ the meat. I couldn’t find what it was actually called, it just seems to be know as ‘raw fish’ so if anyone does know what this pacific dish is called drop me a line.

It makes a lovely refreshing canape for the summer or as and entree with salad.

Ingredients – makes about 30

  • Fresh firm white fish
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Juice of 3 large lemons
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, sliced small
  • Handful of chopped parsley
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic


  1. Slice the raw fish into small pieces
  2. Place fish, lemon juice and garlic cloves into a bowl and leave to marinate for several hours or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Slice the cucumber into 1/2 inch rounds and scoop out half of the centre of each round to make a small cup.
  4. Drain the lemon juice off the the fish.
  5. Add coconut milk, spring onions, sliced tomatoes and parsley to the fish. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Leave for an hour for the flavours to mature before filling the cucumber cups, remove the garlic from the mixture.
  7. Enjoy!
10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh great! I really liked this dish when I tasted it – but I have to say, basically I don’t like fish and coconut… Proof that the whole thing is more than the sum of its parts 🙂
    On Rarotonga, it’s called Ika Mata.

    December 14, 2009
  2. That looks refreshing. And what a combination!

    December 14, 2009
  3. We had that on the tapas menu last summer – I’ve just been hunting through my shelves for an old copy of the menu because it has the proper name, but do you think I can find it?!

    December 15, 2009
  4. mmmmm, yummy! simple and great!

    December 15, 2009
  5. Doddie from Korea #

    In the Philippines, we call this “kinilaw”. Some would omit the coconut milk but this is what kinilaw is for us Filipinos.

    December 15, 2009
  6. O that looks delicious and fabulous photo too! I love little snacks like these that are easy to put together!

    December 15, 2009
  7. Shirley #

    Wow Alli!!!
    Just spotted the awards on your page
    well done with that photography!!!!
    beautifully complimenting the brilliant recipes

    December 15, 2009
  8. What a great cocktail recipe! So refreshing and beautiful picture!

    December 16, 2009
  9. I love using cucumbers as edible cups. And your ceviche-like fish filling looks so refreshing. Love the coconut milk addition for the extra creamy mouth-feel, too.

    December 19, 2009

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