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Ceviche With Coconut Milk From New Zealand Called Kokoda

At the last Fred Hall Show, in between my "safe handling of raw fish" presentations, I had a chance to meet and talk with a lot of fishermen. My fishing buddy, Ryan and his girlfriend, Jackie, introduced me to Graham Kay, the owner of the company they're working with, Graham is the one who introduced me to ceviche with coconut milk.

Graham is from New Zealand where he loves to boat and fish. Soon, we started talking about yellowtail fishing, and then Graham pulls out his phone while showing me his favorite yellowtail recipe. It's a New Zealand ceviche called Kokoda. I took one glance at it and realized I had to make it.

So, here it is. Just grab some fresh yellowtail, limes and then climb your local coconut tree... Because after that, you're half way done creating this ceviche with coconut milk called New Zealand Kokoda!

Kokoda Ceviche With Coconut Milk (serves 4)

1 pound yellowtail fillet 1/2-in cubed

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup store bought lime juice

1 fresh lime

8 tablespoons coconut milk

3 sweet red peppers thinly sliced

3 sweet yellow peppers thinly sliced

3 sweet orange peppers thinly sliced

1 red (hot) pepper thinly sliced

1/2 red onion sliced

1 avocado 1/2-in cubed

Kosher salt

1-1 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper

1 fresh coconut cut in half

Start Making Ceviche With Coconut Milk

1) Start by adding the 1 cup of lemon and 1 cup of lime juice into a small container. Sprinkle salt over the cubed fish and then add the fish into the small container of citrus juice. Refrigerate for no longer than 2 hours.

2) After 2 hours, pour off all the citrus juice from the fish and set aside for the next step.

3) Now, into a large mixing bowl combine the fresh avocado, peppers, red onions and then the fish. Add the juice of one lime and coconut milk into the bowl, along with some white pepper and then begin to mix.

4) Ladle the kokoda into the empty coconut halves and then serve. Don't forget to serve with some semi-sweet New Zealand white wine. Enjoy!!


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I'm a fisherman and a cook, and I love to do both. My name is Yanni and welcome to my website, Fisherman's Belly. Here, using your fresh fish and everyday ingredients, you can learn to cook hand-crafted easy fish recipes. 

See you on the water and in the kitchen. Yanni

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