Marinated Raw Fish

This is a popular dish throughout the Pacific Islands and a great choice for a light summer meal. The lemon juice ‘cooks’ the fish and turns the flesh white, then coconut milk adds flavour and moisture.

2½ hours
Prep Time
Marinated Raw Fish


  • 500g firm white fish fillets – e.g. snapper, tarakihi or gurnard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped


  1. Cut the fish into bite-sized pieces, sprinkle with salt then lemon juice, and cover.
  2. Chill for 2 hours or until the fish whitens, stirring occasionally, then drain and stir in the onion and coconut milk.
  3. Put in a serving dish and sprinkle over the tomatoes and cucumber. Serve chilled.

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L r sley

I am still eating it from yesterday


Beautiful dish so refreshing mm