Coconut Fish

El pescado en con coco es un plato de pescado que no es extraño en los lugares tropicales y costeros. Pero esta receta tiene un toque exclusivo Dominicano.

Coconut Fish is a dish that is not unusual in most tropical and coastal places. But, the seasoning makes this a Dominican Recipe. 

Coconut Fish, pescado con coco


  • 4 1/2 pounds snappers or red grouper
  • 2 bell peppers cut into strips (Or equivalent cubanelle peppers)
  • 1 tsp of crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp of powdered bija (annatto, achiote)
  • 4 cups of freshly extracted coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of cilantro finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp of oil
  • 1 onion cut into strips
  • Salt

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Clean Fish. Score diagonal cuts on the fish about 1.5 inches from each other.

Step 2

Mix the garlic, bija and salt. Fill the cuts on the fish with the mixture, smear the remaining mixture all over the fish.

Step 3

Heat oil in a shallow pan (big enough to hold all 4 fish).

Step 4

Saute fish on one side until it starts to acquire a darker color, rotate and cook other side equally.

Step 5

Add the pepper strips and onion and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add coconut milk and coriander.

Step 6

Simmer over medium heat until the liquid reduces to half. Rotate the fish regularly. When the liquid has reduced adjust salt to taste and remove from the heat.

Serve hot.

Feeds 4.